LDK Solar and Q-Cells Announce Continuation of Supply Contract
XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif. and BITTERFELD-WOLFEN, Germany, December 4, 2009 – LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE:LDK) and Q-Cells SE (QCE; ISIN DE0005558662) jointly announce that the two companies have reached an agreement to continue their supply contract for solar wafers from 2009 to 2018. During recent amicable negotiations, the two companies resolved all differences of opinion over the interpretation of the agreement and neither side will pursue legal action. Q-Cells also agreed to no longer pursue measures to collect the bank guarantee. Joint business activities between the two companies remain unchanged.
LDK Solar and Q-Cells have agreed to increase the flexibility of the delivery schedule. Flexible pricing based on market levels and Q-Cells’ preferred customer status will apply for the entire remainder of the contract term. A portion of shipments scheduled in the years 2009 to 2011 have been postponed to the period 2012 to 2018. Q-Cells will receive around 20% in the current year and at least one third of the originally agreed volumes in 2010 and 2011. Q-Cells also has the option to increase these volumes if needed. The total delivery volume for the entire ten-year term of the contract remains unchanged at approximately 6 Giga Watts. In addition to the amendment, the parties have finalized an agreement to expand their cooperation in the areas of cell and module processing. Q-Cells will supply solar cells to LDK Solar on a tolling basis and LDK Solar will supply modules to Q-Cells on the same basis.
About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers, which are the principal raw material used to produce solar cells. LDK Solar sells multicrystalline wafers globally to manufacturers of photovoltaic products, including solar cells and solar modules. In addition, LDK Solar provides wafer processing services to monocrystalline and multicrystalline solar cell and module manufacturers. LDK Solar's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Xinyu City, Jiangxi Province in the People's Republic of China. LDK Solar's office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California.
About Q-Cells SE
Established in 1999, Q-Cells is one of the biggest photovoltaics companies in the world. In 2008, the company manufactured solar cells and thin-film modules with a total output of 574 Megawatt peak (MWp). At Q-Cells, more than 250 scientists and engineers are working on enhancing the technology in order to achieve the company's aim: reducing the costs of photovoltaics quickly and permanently, and making the technology affordable and competitive. In addition to the activities in the core business, several subsidiaries of Q-Cells SE have been producing photovoltaic modules based on various thin-film technologies since mid-2008. With Q-Cells International GmbH, the company also plans and develops large photovoltaic systems. The company currently has around 2,600 employees. Q-Cells SE is currently commissioning a production facility in Malaysia, has branches in Hong Kong, China and Japan and is listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange (QCE; ISIN DE0005558662) and in the German technology index TecDAX.
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