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GT Solar’s advanced sapphire furnace technology is the result of over 40 years of continual process improvement and development at Crystal Systems, which was acquired by GT Solar in July of 2010. Crystal Systems is recognised as one of the leading providers of quality sapphire material for the LED and specialty optical and mechanical industries.


HTOT will be a vertically integrated manufacturer of a wide range of sapphire products including sapphire crystal, sapphire cores, sapphire wafers and other crystalline products for LEDs, RFICs, optoelectronics and other optical applications. Once fully operational, HTOT will be capable of producing very high-quality sapphire in volume production of various sizes and orientations of substrates and windows.


“Our entrance into the LED market offers a new strategic growth opportunity for our company and Guiyang City as well as the Guizhou region of China,” said Hao Xu, chairman of the board of Guizhou Industrial Investment Group.


“Our new sapphire production facility will help to stimulate economic growth in the region and establish HTOT as a leading supplier of material to the LED industry. This project requires a technology partner that can deliver reliable, highly productive equipment as well as installation and support know-how to quickly get our new factory up and running. We selected GT Solar because of its leading technology, proven track record, and years of experience enabling cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing,” concluded Xu.


“We are pleased that HTOT has selected our advanced sapphire crystallisation furnaces and look forward to a long and successful partnership over the coming years,” said Tom Gutierrez, GT Solar’s president and CEO. “We continue to see growing interest from companies looking to enter the fast- growing LED industry. Our sapphire crystal growth technology provides a proven path to producing high quality material, and our global installation and support resources enable our customers to quickly ramp to high volume, low-cost manufacturing.”


Q-Cells expands horizons in Japanese PV residential market


The firm is teaming up with Japanese installers and has formed an innovative sales network, QMC which offers integrated residential photovoltaic solutions to Japanese end customers.


Q-Cells SE, a leading CIGS solar developer and manufacturer says it is the first company of German origin to enter the Japanese residential market with integrated photovoltaic (PV) solutions.


In order to ensure a successful market entry, QCells has founded the Q-Cells Meister Club (QMC), which is an innovative sales network of selected local installers, offering residential PV solutions with Q-Cells solar modules. The QMC delivers Japanese residential end customers high quality solar systems kits for their roof-top installations from a single source.


“The QMC was initiated before the earthquake hit Japan”, says Nedim Cen, CEO of Q-Cells SE. “Yet, we believe that solar energy will be an important resource and growing market for the Japanese energy supply. This is why Q-Cells strengthens its presence in Japan with local partners and PV solutions.”


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