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and motivated team and superior technology First Solar is best positioned to lead Europe into a subsidy-free PV market.”


Burghardt joined First Solar in Sept. 2009 as Vice President of Government Affairs for EMEA. Prior to joining the company he was most recently Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Anheuser-Busch InBev for Western Europe and a Vice President for Business Development and Marketing EMEA at Hill & Knowlton in the EMEA region. He is a dual German-Belgian national and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from the College of Europe and a bachelor’s from the University of Sussex and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence.


Stephan Hansen joined First Solar as Managing Director for the EMEA region in 2004. At the same time he was Vice President for Sales, Market Strategy and Customer Service. Before joining First Solar he spent 5 years in the U.S., first as general manager of a research & development venture, then starting his career in the photovoltaic industry as Chief Operating Officer of Schott Applied Power, a distribution and engineering, procurement and construction provider and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RWE Schott Solar. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.


CdTe solar innovator First Solar awards its top suppliers


The cadmium telluride solar cell manufacturer presented NOVA awards to STR Holdings, Grenzebach and Master Pack


First Solar recently honoured its premier suppliers at the company’s first Supplier Recognition Day, held on December 8 in Phoenix, Arizona.


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First Solar created the NOVA award to recognise suppliers who significantly support the company’s mission.


“Our suppliers play an essential role in achieving our mission to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean, affordable solar electricity,” said Doug Duval, Vice President, Global Supply Chain. “We appreciate the exceptional efforts of these NOVA award recipients and value they provide through the highest standards of quality, cost and performance.”


The companies honoured with the NOVA award include STR Holdings, an innovator in solar panel encapsulation; Grenzebach, a material handling solutions company; and Master Pack, a specialty packing and shipping company.


Collaboration with STR Holdings, significantly contributed to First Solar’s cost-per-watt roadmap, quality performance and supply risk reduction. Grenzebach’s flexible partnering approach enabled on-time execution of key technical initiatives, and Master Pack’s support significantly contributed to First Solar’s cost- per-watt roadmap in Malaysia.


Approximately 60 of First Solar’s top-spend suppliers attended the event, three of which were honoured with the company’s NOVA award for outstanding performance in 2011.


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