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LDK, Q-Cells cooperate on solar-grade silicon processing

Posted: 19 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon solar-grade? agreement processing? UMG wafer?

LDK Solar Co. Ltd has signed an 11-year processing service agreement to process upgraded metallurgical grade (UMG) solar-grade silicon provided by Germany-based Q-Cells AG into wafers.

Under the terms of the agreement, LDK Solar will process a minimum of 20,000 metric tons of UMG solar-grade silicon in the years 2008 to 2018, with an option to process an additional 21,000 metric tons during the same period. The processing service agreement is linked to a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties for LDK Solar to supply Q-Cells with up to 5GW of multicrystalline solar wafers via a "take or pay" contract for the 10-year period between 2009 to 2018.

"We are very pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with Q-Cells with this significant processing and supply arrangement," stated Xiaofeng Peng, chairman and CEO of LDK Solar.

"We believe this new long-term collaboration is a testament to the quality of our products and the strength of our customer relationships. We are excited with the opportunity to deliver both Nova wafers produced from UMG-si as well as wafers produced from standard high-purity polysilicon feedstock. And we are pleased to be able to continue to support Q-Cells' growth plans."

"LDK has been both reliable and extremely dynamic partner and we are pleased to strengthen our business relationship with this company," stated Anton Milner, CEO of Q-Cells. "This long-term processing service agreement with LDK linked with additional wafer supplies of up to 5GW over the next ten years ensures that both companies will be in a strong position to achieve our growth and cost-reduction plans."

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