LDK Solar Certifies Applied Materials’ HCT MaxEdge Wire Saws for High Volume Production of Solar Wafers
XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 21, 2009 – LDK Solar Co., Ltd . (NYSE:LDK), a leading manufacturer of solar wafers, has qualified Applied Materials’ HCT MaxEdge(TM) wire saws for volume production, certifying that the system has met all performance and quality specifications. The successful completion of this factory acceptance testing (FAT) is part of the installation of more than 50 MaxEdge systems at LDK Solar that is due to be finished next month.
“We selected Applied’s MaxEdge wafering systems because of their industry-leading productivity and capability to produce advanced solar wafers in very high volumes,” stated Dr. Yuepeng Wan, CTO of LDK Solar. “This new generation of Applied’s HCT wire saws has now proven it can deliver the repeatable high yields necessary to deliver superior quality, cost-effective wafers to our customers. In addition, LDK has received excellent on-site support from Applied’s engineers during our aggressive ramp.”
“We are very pleased that the MaxEdge system has passed this important milestone at LDK Solar,” said Dr. Mark Pinto, senior vice president, corporate CTO and general manager of Applied’s Energy and Environmental Solutions group. “LDK Solar is known for its advanced wafer production capability and Applied Materials is committed to providing leading-edge technology and service to meet the most critical performance, yield and uptime requirements to drive down the cost per watt of solar electricity.”
About LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK)
LDK Solar Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of solar wafers, which are the principal raw material used to produce solar cells. LDK Solar sells wafers globally to manufacturers of photovoltaic products, including solar cells and solar modules. In addition, LDK Solar provides wafer processing services to 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. Its office in the United States is located in Sunnyvale, California.
About Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT)
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in Nanomanufacturing Technology(TM) solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panel displays, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. Applied Materials applies Nanomanufacturing Technology to improve the way people live. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.
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