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Hanwha SolarOne to Build a New 230 MW Solar Module Plant in South Korea

November 17, 2014
  • The plant will start operation in May 2015 with the expectation of more than 126 million USD sales and more than 6.3 million USD operating profit.
  • The company will strengthen module R&D capacity through the expansion of R&D personnel.
  • The new plant will contribute to strengthening Hanwha's presence in South Korea's solar market and will be the answer for the U.S. anti-dumping duties.

In order to strengthen its market position, Hanwha will set up another manufacturing plant in South Korea, where the solar market is growing rapidly.

Hanwha SolarOne, which has its headquarters and manufacturing plants in China,decided to establish a 230 MW PV module manufacturing plant in South Korea. The solar module maker will invest around 11.7 million USD in building the plant and will start its commercial operation in May 2015. The company expects that the new plant will bring a sales volume of more than 126 million USD and an operating profit of more than 6.3 million USD every year.

Hanwha SolarOne has an 800 MW ingot and wafer plan in Lianyungang, China. In addition, the company will secure 1.5 GW cell-production capacity and 2 GW module-production capacity when it completes its cell and module plants in Qidong, China, by the end of the year. When the new plant in South Korea is completed, the module production capacity of the company will reach 2.23 GW. In addition, Hanwha SolarOne will hire about 200 new workers for the new plant. The company also plans to strengthen its solar module R&D ability by continuously recruiting researchers.

With these moves, Hanwha will strengthen its presence in South Korea's solar market, which is growing rapidly these days. In addition, by exporting its solar modules made in Korea to the US, the company expects to advance into the US solar market more effectively. That is because it can avoid the high rate of anti-dumping duties imposed on solar modules produced in China. The US is the third largest customer of Hanwha SolarOne in 2014.

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Hanwha Group
Young Sam Kwon
Tel: 82-2-729-3005

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 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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