Bitterfeld-Wolfen, 9 October 2008 – Solibro GmbH is to build its new manufacturing plant for photovoltaic modules, with a production capacity of 90 MWp, in Solar Valley Thalheim in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany. Solibro is investing approx. 165 million euro in the factory, which will create 250 new jobs in the region. This will increase the overall capacity of Solibro GmbH at its Bitterfeld-Wolfen site to a total of 135 MWp. Building is due to start before the year is out and the delivery of modules from the new factory is planned for the last quarter of 2009.
Crucial to this decision were the advantages of the location, key to the rapid growth already experienced at the photovoltaic location in Thalheim. This includes short approval periods and the support of the local authorities, as well as the promotion of research and development and the qualification of employees in solar technology by the local government of Saxony-Anhalt. It is also this support that has seen the "Solar Valley Thalheim" become a major skill centre of the photovoltaic industry.
"This expansion will secure the future of the company in a rapidly expanding market and an extremely competitive environment", stated Dr. Johannes Segner, COO of Solibro. Our focus is on the acceleration of various research and development projects aimed at improving the efficiency of both production and our modules. We are also introducing comprehensive steps for the further qualification of our employees to ensure they are at the top of their field".