Suntech Announces Plan to Expand Solar Cell and Module Production Capacity by 6.5GW

PVTIME – According to Wuxi Daily, on June 23, Wuxi High-Tech Zone and Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd. (APRD) signed a cooperation agreement. According to the agreement, Wuxi Suntech will invest 1 billion yuan to intelligently upgrade the production lines its P3 plant and expand its high-efficiency module production capacity by 1.5GW. Additionally, Suntech will also invest an estimated 2 billion yuan to construct a 150,000 square meter, 5GW next generation high-efficiency module manufacturing project in Xinwu District. After the project is completed, its annual sales is expected to reach 10 billion yuan.

Huang Qin, Secretary of Wuxi Municipal Party committee, met with Zheng Jianming, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd., and attended the signing ceremony. It is reported that on the basis of previous cooperation, Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd. and Wuxi High-Tech Zone are expanding their cooperation to beyond just photovoltaics. The two Suntech expansion projects are a part of a 5 project agreement which includes the construction of a new headaquarters and biomedicine production facility for ARPD worth over 10.3 billion yuan in total.

During his speech, Huang expressed his gratitude to APRD for its positive contribution to Wuxi’s economic and social development in recent years. He said that, “APRD and Wuxi have been bound through Suntech’s development over the past seven years, and through strong promotion and joint efforts from all parties, Suntech has successfully revived its business. Wuxi will, as always, create the best business environment and provide the best government services for the development of ARPD and its affiliated enterprises in Wuxi.”

ARPD Chairman, Zheng Jianming, thanked the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government for their long-term support before presenting ARPD’s business development plans and industrial layout. He said that, “since the acquisition of Wuxi Suntech, ARPD’s various businesses in Wuxi have developed rapidly and achieved good results, which is inseparable from the strong support of all relevant departments at all levels in Wuxi. Wuxi’s industry is strong, and ARPD is very optimistic about our development prospects here. Going forward, we will continue to carry out pragmatic cooperation with Wuxi in other fields to better achieve mutual beneficial results.”

Since ARPD acquired Wuxi Suntech in 2013, Suntech has not only stepped out of the shadow of bankruptcy and reorganization, but also successfully revitalized its business. Last year, it shipped more than 4GW in photovoltaic modules worldwide and achieved sales revenue of nearly 8 billion yuan, both new highs in recent years.