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NEWS UPDATES 12 August 2009

Japanese firm to set up solar cell plant in Malaysia

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Tokuyama Corp, a Japanese chemical maker, will invest about 65 billion yen to construct a plant in Sarawak to produce polycrystalline silicon for solar cells, the StarBiz reported.

Construction of the new plant in Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu was scheduled to commence early next year and operations slated for 2013 with an annual production capacity of 6,000 tonnes, Tokuyama said in a statement.

It said a new unit, Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn Bhd, would be established this month to manufacture and sell polycrsytalline silicon.

The plant was expected to have about 300 employees at the start of operations, of whom about 280 would be hired locally, it added.

Tokuyama which currently operates one manufacturing base in Shunan City, Yamaguchi supplies polycrystalline silicon mainly for the semiconductor industry.

“The manufacture of polycrystalline silicon is electricity intensive and requires industrial water, quality workers and many other resources. “Such resources are available at the Samalaju Industrial Park,” it said. The company said it decided on the site on last November.



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