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Panasonic Corporation was incorporated in 1918 and with its primary global brand Panasonic, it has grown to become one of the largest electronic companies in the world today and globally employs more than 366,000 employees (as at 31st March 2011).Panasonic will invest 45 billion yen (approximately 1.8 billion ringgit malaysia) in the facility for new solar manufacturing base in Malaysia which is scheduled to start its operation in December 2012 with an annual production capacity of 300 MW.
TOGETHER AS ONE: (Fifth left) Chairman of Kulim Technology Park Corporation, Datuk Amirudd
in Hamzah and (fifth right) Kedah Exco for Religious Affairs, Education and Cooperative, Dato’ Mohamed Taulan Mat Rasul together with top officers of Panasonic Group posing with shovels during the ground breaking ceremony.
HAND IN HAND: Yorihisa Shiokawa, managing director of Panasonic Asia Pacific is seen helping Datuk Mohamed Taulan Mat Rasul, Kedah Exco for Religious Affairs, Education and Cooperative to officiate the ground breaking ceremony in Japanese style.
KUCHING: Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Panasonic), a solar manufacturing company of Panasonic Corporation established in December 2011, witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony and the exchanging of the Land Lease Agreement on the manufacturing base with the Kedah state government.
According to a press release, the new facility would commence construction immediately and aimed to start its operation by December 2012 to manufacture Panasonic HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar modules.
The new Panasonic RM1.84 billion (45 billion yen) base would perform integrated manufacturing of solar wafers, cells, and modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300MW.
With increasing environmental awareness globally and the introduction of subsidy systems as well as Feed-in-Tariff schemes in various countries, the solar market was predicted to grow further.
Robust demand was expected particularly in the residential sector, the main target area of Panasonic HIT solar modules.
The new solar manufacturing base was located at Kulim Hi-tech Park, Kedah built with a building area of approximately 70,000sq metres.
Boasting a capital of RM0.92 billion, a 100 per cent subscription from Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, the new manufacturing facility would boost Panasonic’s production capacity to 1.5 times greater than at the present.
“Thanks to the tremendous support from the Malaysian government, we are able to hold this groundbreaking ceremony today.
“Once the new manufacturing facility starts running, our production capacity will be 1.5 times greater than the present,” Masato Ito, president, Energy Company of Panasonic Corporation said.
“And with the facility at the core, we hope to continuously contribute to the development of Malaysia, as well as further expanding our business globally,” Ito further stressed.
This new base would not only help Panasonic increase solar module production and meet the market demand, but also strengthen cost competitiveness by setting up Panasonic’s first integrated production of wafers, cells, and modules.
Panasonic would sell its solar modules not only individually but also in a system with storage batteries and other devices.
Further, Panasonic would accelerate its solar business development globally in collaboration with Comprehensive Energy Solutions Business brought together by the Panasonic group companies.
“Panasonic Group is focused on building a competitive global energy business.
“With Panasonic Energy Malaysia serving as our new solar manufacturing base, we are confident that it will accelerate our solar business development globally and expand our total energy solution capacity,” said Panasonic Asia Pacific managing director Yorihisa Shiokawa.
GROUND BREAKING: (From left) Kulim Technology Park Corporation president Muhamad Sobri Osman, chairman Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah, Kedah exco members for religious affairs, education and cooperatives Datuk Mohamed Taulan Mat Rasul, Panasonic Group of Companies in Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaluddin and Yorihisa
KULIM: THE first solar manufacturing base in Malaysia for Panasonic Corporation of Japan has been set up at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park.
Panasonic Group vice-president of solar business Tetsuhiro Maeda said: “We chose Malaysia as our base because of the Malaysian government’s cooperation, investment support, good infrastructure and excellent work force quality.”
To be managed by Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, construction for the new facility will commence immediately and operations are scheduled to start by December to manufacture Panasonic Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) solar modules.
The base will manufacture solar wafers, cells and modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300MW.
“At present, our total global production capacity is 600MW of HIT products. This new factory will increase our production capacity by 50%, bringing our total to 900MW,” said Maeda at the groundbreaking ceremony and land lease agreement exchange on the manufacturing base with the Kedah state government on Friday.
He added that the new base will strengthen its cost competitiveness, allowing Panasonic to price the products 10% lower than its lowest priced HIT.
“The new facility will reduce cost significantly by cutting down on the processes involved. Previously, wafers are produced in one country and built into cells in Japan. The new factory will see the entire production process from wafer to modules integrated within a single base,” explained Maeda.
Currently the company produces HIT cells only in Japan. Modules are manufactured at local market sites with Japan producing for its own market, Hungary for the European market and Mexico for the North American market.
There are also ingots and wafers facilities in the US.
Panasonic Asia Pacific managing director Yorihisa Shiokawa said: “This is Panasonic’s first solar factory in Asia outside Japan and our first fully integrated solar manufacturing base globally, an end-to-end facility producing all parts of a solar panel including assembly.”
Panasonic Energy Malaysia will export its products primarily to Japan.
The facility has various energy-saving technologies such as a holistic waste water-recycling system that will help reduce 50% of water usage.
While in recent years, many solar industry players have either consolidated or dropped out of business, Panasonic is confident in their product differentiation and target market.
Maeda said: “In the last two years, demand for solar panels has dropped around the world. However, demand for our HIT panels have increased globally. Thus, we believe if we have lower prices for popular HIT modules, we can increase sales.
“In addition, our HIT modules achieved the world’s toplevel conversion efficiency of 23.7% on a laboratory level and 21.6% on a mass production level. We are also targeting the residential market while China-made products, which have caused a glut in the market, targets solar farms and large scale projects.”
Panasonic Corporation, which set up the facility, is investing RM1.84 billion in the base which covers an area of 70,000 sq m and will create 1,500 jobs.
Dato’ Haji Mohamed Taulan Mat Rasul, Kedah Exco for Religious Affairs,
Education and Cooperative (L) and Panasonic Asia Pacific’s Managing Director Yorihisa Shiokawa (R)
Performs the Ceremonial Groundbreaking
the 300MW plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2012 and
its its first fully integrated facility for HIT module production
A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place for the future manufacturing hub of Panansonic’s HIT modules in Malaysia, Sunday, March 4, 2011. In an attempt to become cost-competitive with Asia-based rivals, the 300MW plant is the company’s first fully integrated facility, which will fabricate solar wafers, cells and modules.
Being built at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in the state of Kedah, Panasonic is investing approximately ¥22.5 billion in the plant, which is expected to be completed in December 2012. When fully operational, the plant is expected to employ approximately 1,500 workers.
Masato Ito, president of the Energy Company of Panasonic Corporation, said, “Thanks to the tremendous support from the Malaysian government, we are able to hold this groundbreaking ceremony today. Once the new manufacturing facility starts running, our production capacity will be 1.5 times greater than at present. And with the facility at the core, we hope to continuously contribute to the development of Malaysia, as well as further expanding our business globally.”
“With Panasonic Energy Malaysia serving as our new solar manufacturing base, we are confident that it will accelerate our solar business development globally and expand our total energy solution capacity,” commented Tetsuhiro Maeda, VP of the Energy Company of Panasonic Group. “This new facility with a fully integrated production capability of solar wafers, cells and modules, will also realize a production structure that is best suited for the global market.”
KULIM, March 2 (Bernama) — Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a solar manufacturing company established by Panasonic Corporation, is investing RM1.84 billion for its first fully integrated solar manufacturing base in Malaysia.
Located at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, the facility will undertake the integrated manufacturing of solar wafers, cells and modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300 megawatt (MW).
`At our new factory, the entire production process is integrated within a single base. We can reduce costs significantly by cutting down processes and eliminating the transportation process,` Panasonic Group Vice President, Tetsuhiro Maeda said during the groundbreaking ceremony and exchange of land lease agreement here, Friday.
Maeda is in charge of the solar business for Panasonic Energy Company Japan.
Also present at the ceremony was the chairman of Kulim Technology Park Corporation Sdn Bhd, Datuk Ir Amiruddin Hamzah, the president of Energy Company of Panasonic Group, Masato Ito, the Managing Director of Panasonic Asia Pacific, Yorihisa Shiokawa and Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Jeff Lee.
Currently, the company`s total global capacity is 600MW from its factories in Japan, Hungary and Mexico.
Construction of the new facility in Kulim will commence immediately with operations starting by December to manufacture Panasonic Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) solar modules.
The plant is expected to employ 1,500 people and has a total built-area of 70,000 square meters.
The products manufactured in Kulim will be sold to all over the world, as well as in Japan.
Maeda said for the last three year, solar panel sales had dropped but not its HIT modules.
`With increasing environment awareness globally and the introduction of subsidy systems as well as a Feed-in Tariff scheme in various countries, the solar market is predicted to grow further,` he added.
Due to this, Maeda said robust demand is expected particularly in the residential sector, the main target area for HIT solar modules.