Solar Industry Showing Recovery With Rapid Increase in Firing Furnace Sales

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/14/14 -- As the solar industry begins recovering; manufacturers are again turning to Despatch Industries, a leading technology and equipment provider. The company has seen a rapid increase in firing furnace sales since the first of the year, including the new Safire with Dri-Tech Dryer. With these tools solar manufacturers are able to realize an increase in overall production performance and profitability in a very challenging market.

At several first in fab production testing environments, the Safire Firing Furnace with Dri-Tech Dryer was able to achieve a 0.1 percent absolute improvement in overall efficiency on a baseline product. Additional Safire benefits achieved during testing include reducing wafer scrap by close to one percent absolute and reducing low efficiency cells by four percent absolute.

"The Safire provides next generation performance that has a measurable impact on productivity and yield and provides a solution to support advanced cell structures," says Ellen Cheng, General Manager of Solar Business for Despatch Industries. "The increase in sales is the result of the superior performance of the Safire platform as well as our partnership with Kromax International, which has extensive experience in the solar industry and a large sales and service team in the China and Taiwan regions."

About Despatch: Despatch Industries is the global leader in producing innovative, next generation tools and technology for the solar cell manufacturing industry. The company's regional offices and complete global service network allow Despatch to provide local sales and product support to all customers worldwide. Despatch equipment is consistently recognized for exceptional performance and process quality, optimal cell efficiency, maximum uptime and reduced operating costs. For more information on Despatch visit our website: www.despatch.com.

Media contact: Roger Dullinger 952-469-8278 roger.dullinger@despatch.com