LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of solar wafers, announced it has signed a new agreement with GT Solar International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOLR) to purchase polysilicon CVD reactors for installation in LDK Solar’s manufacturing facilities in Xinyu City, Peoples Republic of China. This equipment is used to make polysilicon.
The estimated value of the contract is $32 million.
"We are pleased to have signed this new agreement with GT Solar, a valued provider with which we have a long-standing relationship," said Xiaofeng Peng, LDK Solar’s chairman and chief executive officer. "As the demand for solar energy continues to grow, so does our need to increase and accelerate our manufacturing capacity. With GT Solar’s reactor and DSS furnace technologies and expertise, we feel confident that we will be able to meet our rising production goals."
Polysilicon is a highly purified form of silicon that is used to make both semiconductor wafers for microelectronics applications and solar wafers. The chemical vapor deposition process involved in the production of polysilicon takes place in a specialized CVD reactor using a variety of complex chemical processes.
About LDK Sola
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 GT Solar International, Inc.
GT Solar International, Inc., based in Merrimack, NH, USA is a global provider of specialized manufacturing equipment and services essential for the production of photovoltaic wafers, cells and modules and polysilicon. GT Solar’s principal products are directional solidification systems and chemical vapor deposition reactors and related equipment.