Solarion wins major Asian investor Walsin Lihwa - Investment of over € 60 million planned in Leipzig

Construction of a solar fab with 140 employees in Leipzig

Leipzig, (PresseBox) - The Asian Walsin Lihwa Corporation (TWSE: 1605) chooses solar technology from Leipzig. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ally Energy, Walsin Lihwa will invest 40 million euro and takes a 49 percent stake of Solarion AG, a specialist in flexible thin film solar cells and modules. Under involvement of the Development Bank of Saxony the investment is awarded with a grant of more than 20 million euro.

The contracts were signed today between Yu-Lon Chiao, Chairman of Walsin Lihwa, Dieter Waffel, Supervisory Board Chairman of Solarion AG, Dr. Karsten Otte, CEO of Solarion AG and Dr. Alexander Braun, CTO of Solarion in the ballroom of the new city hall in Leipzig.

In the first stage, an integrated cell and module factory with an annual production output of 20 megawatts and a staff of 140 employees will be constructed in the near vicinity of the BMW Leipzig assembly plant. Subsequently it planned to set up a manufacturing plant with 180 megawatts of annual production capacity. In addition, both parties have signed agreements on technical cooperation and licensing. As part of a technological cooperation, the thin-film technology will be enhanced.

After several years of development this paves Solarions's way into mass production. "We are pleased that we have found Walsin Lihwa, a global player and a strong partner, to support our long-planned global expansion strategy of cost leadership," explains Dr. Karsten Otte. "Through our advanced technology and novel solar module properties, we will significantly decrease the cost of photovoltaic power generation." The company also received support of various sites in its recent development. "We want to express our thanks especially to the Saxon Development Bank, CMS Hasche Sigle Düsseldorf, Euflex, Apricum and the Economic Development Offices of Saxony and Leipzig," Dr. Otte concluded.

"The CIGS technology has the highest efficiency potential in the photovoltaic thin film area. Together with the favorable cost structure of Solarion's processes, we will attain a leadership position in the photovoltaics market," said Yu-Lon Chiao. "A sustainable energy supply is one of the most important social and political challenges. Therefore, the cooperation with Solarion is an important step in the business development of Walsin Lihwa."

"In the past years Solarion has developed a powerful solar technology in cooperation with research and industrial partners. I am especially pleased that this technology will be transferred into mass manufacturing together with the Asian company Walsin here in Central Europe. This shows the high quality of this location." said Mr. Sven Morlok, Saxon State Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport at today's event.

The City of Leipzig has accompanied the development of Solarion for many years. In particular intensive efforts were undertaken by the Economic Development Office and the Environmental Protection Office to assist the young company on their way to success. Leipzig's mayor Burkhard Jung remarks: "A company with such an innovative technology fits perfectly to our city and is an important addition to the development of the Energy City of Leipzig. Solarion AG creates many jobs in an area where we need them urgently. I hope the company is undergoing a fast development into a very strong partner as a member of our cluster energy and environmental technology.

Walsin Lihwa Corporation

Founded in 1966, Walsin Lihwa Corporation has been a leading manufacturer of wire & cable and specialty steel in the Greater China region and now an international conglomerate with diverse investments in high-tech industry and financial investment. In recent years Walsin Lihwa has entered new businesses covering MEMS, LED and solar energy technology based on a long-term strategy.

Walsin Lihwa is located in Taipei, Taiwan with over 20 operation sites worldwide, mainly based in Taiwan and China.

Solarion AG / Photovoltaik

Solarion AG is developing, producing and offering high-efficient and low-cost thin-film solar modules using Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide (CIGS).

Solarion's technology is based on a proprietary ion-beam assisted deposition of the CIGS absorber in a roll-to-roll process. The advantages of this technology are its low deposition temperature, improved solar cell efficiency, higher process speed as well as lower energy and material costs. The utilization of a flexible carrier enables new fields of photovoltaic applications.

Solarion was founded in 2000 in Leipzig, Germany, and has established the first European pilot-line for the manufacturing of flexible and highly efficient CIGS thin-film cells on a flexible carrier material in 2002

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