The 4JET Group (Alsdorf, Germany) has acquired orders and framework agreements worth a total of more than EUR 10 million from a long-standing Chinese customer. Over the next two years, 4JET will equip several new production facilities for CIGS or CdTe thin-film solar cells with laser systems for edge deletion, via drilling and contact exposure. The projected factories have an annual production capacity of around 1.5 gigawatts. First machines will be delivered in mid-2021.
4JET has been a successful supplier to the photovoltaic industry for over 10 years. By establishing a local subsidiary in Shanghai, 4JET is able to offer its customers consistent local support in sales and service, even during the travel restrictions in the pandemic. Equipment development continues to take place in Germany, where the company’s 140 employees also produce micro-material processing machines for the manufacture of smart windows, displays and automotive glazing, as well as machines for processing tires.
The global photovoltaic industry continues to promise strong growth – solar power’s share of the global energy mix is forecast to rise from 2% today to more than 20% in 2050. Solar power is now competitive in many regions of the world without any form of subsidy.
“We are pleased to continue to contribute to the green energy transition with our technology-leading solutions” comments Dr. Marc Hüske, Head of the Micromachining Business Unit, on the new orders. His colleague Oliver Albrich adds, “Technology from Germany with local engineering and service support in China was crucial for this success.”
The 4JET Group delivers solutions for the surface technology of the future. The company was founded in 2006 and supplies all of the world’s leading tire manufacturers with tire marking, mold cleaning and adhesive preparation solutions, among others. Customers also include major OEMs and other automotive suppliers. The 4JET microtech business unit supplies laser micromachining systems for processing technical glass, solar cells and other high-tech components. Since August 2018, the company has been operating a job shop for laser micromachining of technical glass in Prutting near Rosenheim. Subsidiaries in Shanghai and Atlanta