Applied Materials Shifts From 'Sunfab' Thin-Film Lines To C-Si Solar And Led Technology

Jul 27, 2010 Applied Materials will stop selling its 'SunFab' thin-film lines and focus on c-Si and LED manufacturing equipment and technology.

According to Mike Splinter, chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, "While Applied has delivered significant innovations with our SunFab production line and made substantial progress on our technology roadmap, the thin-film market has been negatively impacted by several factors, including delays in utility-scale solar adoption, solar panel manufacturers' challenges in obtaining affordable capital, changes and uncertainty in government renewable energy policies, and competitive pressure from crystalline silicon technologies. Led by Mark Pinto, Applied's Energy and Environmental Solutions  will focus on our industry-leading crystalline silicon solar business and on pursuing other opportunities in advanced energy technologies like LED lighting."

Applied Materials was awarded the SEMICON West 2010 Sustainable Technologies Award for its contribution to sustainable improvement of the environment by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries.

www.appliedmaterials.com


Author:  BIO T&T

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