Cooperation with Ishii Hyoki Co. Ltd.

Gebr. Schmid and Ishii Hyoki Co. Ltd. (Japan) reach strategic cooperation.

(PresseBox) (Freudenstadt, ) Gebr. Schmid, a systems manufacturer and process provider based in Freudenstadt Germany, and Ishii Hyoki Co., Ltd. of Japan, a specialist in wire saws and slurry equipment, have reached a strategic cooperation agreement in key areas. The agreement was concluded in August.

The cooperation between Gebr. Schmid and Ishii Hyoki will expand Schmid's services in the photovoltaic sector process chain with the addition of the first process step, which is sawing the solar wafer ingots. This will enable Schmid (along with other cooperation partners) to provide turnkey solar wafer factories. The cooperation agreement with Schmid will substantially expand Ishii Hyoki's marketing base. Schmid will assume the exclusive global marketing of Ishii Hyoki's turnkey-project integrated systems. An agreement on exclusive distribution rights for Ishii individual equipment was reached for Europe, the United States, and India.

Ishii Hyoki Co., Ltd. was founded in 1963 and is headquartered in Hiroshima, Japan. Ishii Hyoki has approximately 350 employees. The company is one of the most important producers of wire saws for crystal silicon ingots and related slurry processing in Japan.

SCHMID Group | Gebr. SCHMID GmbH

Solar/Photovoltaics, Printed Circuit Boards and Flat Panel Display:
Quality and Innovation out of Tradition

Gebr. Schmid was founded in 1864 in Freudenstadt, Germany, as an iron foundry and mechanical workshop. For almost 100 years Schmid manufactured machines for the wood-working industry. Since 1965 brushing machines for the printed circuit board industry added to the portfolio; 10 years later woodworking machines ceased to be manufactured by Gebr. Schmid.
The following years were marked by continuous innovation and expansion, mainly focussed on the demands of the printed circuit board industry. In 1998 with production of the first systems for the flat panel display sector the Schmid cleanroom went into operation.
Since 2001 Schmid´s new business field, photovoltaic, is a big success story worldwide. Schmid delivers— meanwhile as world market leader in this segment—production equipment for wafers, cells and modules.

From the Single System up to the Complete Turnkey Shop
In the three business fields Solar/Photovoltaics, Printed Circuit Boards and Flat Panel Display Schmid develops and produces in most modern plants around the globe at total 13 locations (3 of them in Germany) with approx. 1,800 employees a wide range of innovative production equipment and special purpose machines: from the single system up to the complete turnkey shop.

Company Benchmarks:
– more than 1,800 staff at total 13 locations (3 of them in Germany)
– company turnover in 2008: 400 Mio. EUR +

Production Area:
– ca. 18.000 m² (Freudenstadt)
– ca. 3.000 m² (Niedereschach/STN)
– ca. 1.500 m² (Schwetzingen/STS)
– ca. 6.000 m² (Taiwan)
– ca. 4.500 m² (China: Shenzen)
– ca. 6.000 m² (China: Dongguan)
– ca. 15.000 m² (China: Dongguan)
– ca. 40.000 m² (China: Zhuhai)

– DIN EN ISO 9001-certified

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