High-Tech Engineering Firm Manz Presents Photovoltaic and Battery Equipment at the World Smart Energy Week in Japan
• Trade show in Tokyo ideal stage for two areas of Manz’s business • Dieter Manz: Efficient mass production of energy storage becoming more important for the breakthrough of photovoltaic technology • Mass production of li-ion batteries on Manz production lines already successful
Tokyo/Reutlingen, March 5, 2012. The high-tech engineering firm Manz AG presented the latest developments in its production lines for photovoltaic manufacturers at the World Smart Energy Week in Japan. The main focus of interest was the Manz CIGSfab, a fully integrated, turnkey line for manufacturing CIGS thin-film modules, which is scalable for an output from 40 to 340 MW. CIGS technology is based on a semiconductor made of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium, and currently offers module manufacturers – who are facing significant margin pressure – the greatest potential to cut costs while simultaneously increasing module efficiency.
The World Smart Energy Week Japan unites various trade fairs under one roof, including the 5th PV Expo Japan, the 3rd Rechargeable Battery Expo Japan, and the 3rd Processing Technology Expo Japan. That’s why Manz also presented new production systems for lithium-ion batteries in Tokyo. “The combined trade fair in Tokyo was the perfect stage for two areas of our business and demonstrates how the topic of Smart Energy is understood in Asia – only powerful energy storage media will help a decentralized energy generation system based on photovoltaics to move mainstream,” said Dieter Manz, founder and CEO of the Swabian company.
The World Smart Energy Week 2012 in Tokyo had almost 2,000 exhibitors and drew 120,000 industry experts from 80 countries. In addition to the Manz CIGSfab, Manz also provided information on individual pieces of equipment for manufacturing crystalline solar cells and thin-film solar modules. For li-ion battery manufacturing, Manz presented machines for manufacturing individual cells (reel to cell) as well for assembling the cells into battery systems (cell to pack). In both manufacturing steps, Manz benefits from its many years of expertise in automation, laser processing technology, and measurement technology. “As a mechanical engineering company, we play a significant role in setting the tempo toward the profitable mass production of batteries,” said Dieter Manz. Lithium-ion batteries have been mass-produced on a production line from Manz since the beginning of 2011.
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Manz AG, headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, is one of the world’s leading high-tech engineering firms. Founded in 1987, in recent years the company has grown from an automation specialist into a supplier of integrated production lines for crystalline solar cells and thin-film solar modules as well as lines for manufacturing flat panel displays. An additional area of business is the development and manufacture of production systems for lithium-ion batteries. The company, led by founder Dieter Manz, has been listed on the stock exchange in Germany since 2006, and currently operates production facilities in Germany, China, Taiwan, Slovakia, and Hungary. At the beginning of 2012, Manz AG employed close to 2,000 employees, 950 of them in Asia. With its slogan, “passion for efficiency,” Manz’s engineers are making a promise to offer its customers – all companies active in important future markets – increasingly efficient production equipment.
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