Press Release Hanwha Group Clean Energy & Ocean Solutions

Hanwha Launches the World's Largest Solar Energy Company in Terms of Cell Production

February 4, 2015
  • Hanwha SolarOne completed acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS at its extra general meeting of shareholders held on February 4th
  • Hanwha will secure a considerable competitive advantage based on its manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia, and South Korea

Hanwha Group (headed by Chairman Seung Youn Kim) becomes the world's leading solar energy company in terms of cell production by integrating Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HSOL) ("Hanwha SolarOne" or the "Company") and Hanwha Q CELLS Investment Co.

On February 4th, Hanwha SolarOne held a general meeting of shareholders in Shanghai, China and completed the acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS by acquiring in an all-stock transaction 100% of the outstanding share capital by issuing new ordinary shares. It was resolved that the change of the Company's name to 'Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd'.

The combined company, 'Hanwha Q CELLS', will become the world's largest solar energy player in terms of cell production with its cell capacity of 3.28 GW. By the end of 2015, its solar module capacity is expected to reach 3.23 GW with completion of its new and expanding production lines.

The company's headquarters will be located in Seoul, South Korea, and Mr. Seong Woo Nam, chairman and CEO of Hanwha SolarOne, will step in as the CEO.

The previous headquarters of Hanwha Q CELLS, in Thalheim, Germany, will be changed into a technology innovation center with the aim of strengthening Hanwha Q CELLS' premium technology and advanced R&D processes.

Integrating the two companies will result in considerable competitive advantages powered by its advanced German technologies and diversified foundation of manufacturing including facilities in China, Malaysia and South Korea, allowing the company to overcome import tariffs in key markets such as the US.

Based on such diversified global production, 'Hanwha Q CELLS' aims to strengthen the synergy effects between Hanwha Q CELLS and Hanwha SolarOne's dual business networks. In addition, the company will maximize its profitability by putting more emphasis on downstream business, namely solar power plant business.

Mr. Seong Woo Nam commented "the integration of the two companies will provide us with a much strengthened competitive position by improving cost competitiveness in the global solar market as well as of our financial structure. In addition, we expect to see considerable performance improvement in 2015 by maximizing strategic synergy."

'Hanwha Q CELLS' currently has over 2 GW of global downstream pipelines and is expanding its market influence to rapidly growing solar energy markets such as China, Europe, Japan and North America.

Hanwha Group

Founded in 1952, Hanwha has grown quickly by anticipating and responding to changing business environments with a balanced business portfolio that includes energy & materials, aerospace, finance and retail & services. Our expertise and synergy in key areas have catapulted us into the seventh-largest business in South Korea and a Fortune Global 500 company. Hanwha continues to grow rapidly as we strive to pursue global leadership in all of our businesses. We are building a robust foundation for sustainable development and a brighter future for everyone.

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Hanwha SolarOne

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HSOL) is one of the top 10 photovoltaic module manufacturers in the world, providing cost-competitive, high quality PV modules. It is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, one of the largest business enterprises in South Korea. Hanwha SolarOne serves the utility, commercial, government and residential markets through a growing network of third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and system integrators. The company maintains a strong presence worldwide, with a global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. As a responsible company committed to sustainability, Hanwha SolarOne is an active member of the PV Cycle take-back and recycling program.

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Hanwha Qcells

Hanwha Qcells (Hanwha Solutions Qcells division) is one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, recognized for its established reputation as a manufacturer of high-performance, high-quality solar cells, and modules, a portfolio of intelligent storage systems, and a growing international pipeline of large-scale renewable energy projects. Hanwha Qcells also provides renewable electricity retail services and packages to end customers the world over. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ) with its diverse international manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Hanwha Qcells strives to offer Completely Clean Energy through the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, storage solutions, renewable electricity contracting, and large-scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, Hanwha Qcells provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, governmental, and residential markets.

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