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MEMC, Conergy settle spat with supply deal

Posted: 03 Feb 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar wafer? supply deal? Conergy MEMC agreement?

MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. and German solar developer Conergy AG have reached an out of court settlement of a lawsuit related to a solar wafer supply contract between Conergy and MEMC Singapore Pte Ltd.

The terms of the amended contract include a significant reduction in the minimum quantity of wafers that Conergy must purchase over the remaining eight+ years of the contract, as well as a minimum market share commitment should Conergy's demand exceed the reduced quantities. The amendment also modifies the pricing terms to be based on market rates similar to other MEMC long-term solar wafer supply agreements. The settlement includes a payment to MEMC of an undisclosed amount.

"This agreement provides the foundation for a strong strategic relationship with Conergy," said Ken Hannah, president of MEMC Solar Materials. "In addition to resolving the litigation and resuming shipments, we have also agreed to work together to facilitate large projects in the future. This cooperation should help generate growth for both companies and leverage the capabilities MEMC obtained with our recent acquisition of SunEdison."

"This is a very positive development for Conergy," added Conergy's CEO Dieter Ammer. "It frees us from a significant burden that was damaging our competitive position, gives us greater business flexibility, and makes Conergy a much more attractive company. MEMC has truly transformed itself into a customer focused company, and we are pleased to move forward with them as a strategic ally."

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