27 December 2012

China Sunergy sets up new manufacturing facility in Istanbul,Turkey with Seul Energy

- Invest in downstream solar projects in Turkey & neighboring countries
- 150 MW solar module line will begin producing solar panels in Jan 2013
- 100 MW solar cell line under installation,start manufacturing in Mar 2013
- New plant to create over 1,200 job opportunities locally

Nanjing, China, and Istanbul, Turkey- 27 December 2012 - China Sunergy Co., Ltd., a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, today announced that the company has set up a new manufacturing facility in Istanbul, Turkey with local partner Seul Energy Investment Corp (SEUL Energy), a leading solar system provider, solar project developer and installer in Turkey. 

In September, the two companies signed agreements to invest jointly in three newly established companies under the name “CSUN Eurasia” to produce PV cells and PV modules in Turkey and to invest in downstream solar projects in Turkey and neighboring countries. The first 150 MW solar module line installed in the new facility will begin producing solar panels in January 2013, while 100MW solar cell line is now under installation and will start manufacturing in March 2013. Moreover, company is currently planning to move additional 200MW equipment to Turkey plant from the facilities in Shanghai in the first quarter of 2013 and to gradually ramp up production in the first half of next year, a plan subject to market dynamics and Turkey plant’s production progress. 

As a major step forward in CSUN’s global operations strategy, the new plant, covering more than 22,000 square meters has been set up in facilities in the Trade Free Zone in Istanbul, Turkey, a traditionally symbolic meeting point between Europe and Asia. China Sunergy expects the new plant to create over 1,200 job opportunities locally. The Company expects Turkey to become its second largest manufacturing base after China. The new factory will be able to efficiently serve customers across Europe and even the U.S. CSUN Eurasia expects to hold a grand opening ceremony in Istanbul early next year. 

Mr. Stephen Cai, CEO of China Sunergy commented, “We are delighted to see our facilities in Turkey established and ready for production. Solar projects in Turkey enjoy higher feed-in tariffs when adopting locally manufactured cells and modules. Therefore, we believe our cooperation with the strong local partner SEUL Energy will help us capture substantial market share in the region.” 

Mr. Cagri Seymen, Chairman of SEUL Energy noted: “Turkey’s energy demand has dramatically increased over the past decade, and we believe with one of the highest solar radiation in Europe, Turkey is poised to become the next new solar energy dynamo in the region. Moreover, Turkey’s geographical location is ideal as a natural bridge between both North-South and East-West markets. We look forward to being a succesful player in this region with China Sunergy both in PV manufacturing and PV power plant investment businesses.” 

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. is a specialized manufacturer of solar cell and module products in China. China Sunergy manufactures solar cells from silicon wafers, which utilizes crystalline silicon solar cell technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity through a process known as photovoltaic effect, and assembles solar cells into solar modules. 

Seul Energy is a leading developer and installer of solar photovoltaic (PV) parks in Turkey. Seul develops, plans, builds and operates solar plants and systems and is a specialist wholesaler of turnkey photovoltaic plants and systems, solar modules, inverters and all other components. 

Source: Seul Energy