Despatch Industries Receives Order for 120MW of Production Tools from Chinese Solar Manufacturer

Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A. - October 27, 2009 - Despatch Industries, a leading technology and equipment provider for the solar industry, announces the recent order of 120MW of production tools from a Chinese integrated solar cell and module manufacturer. The customer is purchasing four of Despatch's recently upgraded dryer and firing furnaces.

"The Chinese solar market continues to be very strong for Despatch," states Chad Gilhoi, Product Manager. "With every platform upgrade and new product innovation, we are extending our market leadership in China and in the solar industry overall."

Despatch recently developed an upgrade package for its popular dryer and firing furnace to achieve even better performance. One feature element of the new package is the Thermal Response Improvement upgrade. This element offers over fifty percent improvement in thermal stability for varying loads. The package also includes Soft Start which allows the tool to utilize an intelligent, controlled start-up to significantly reduce peak power costs. Cooling monitoring, E-stop monitoring and notification, independent top and bottom airflow and an AC Drive Motor round out the rest of the firing furnace upgrade package.

Gilhoi continues, "Our customers demand a proven tool, capable of producing high efficiency cells with low cost of ownership and short lead times. We offer our equipment with short lead times because we recognize the need our customers have to get their fabs on line as fast as possible. Despatch is proud to be recognized by the industry as the preferred source for top performance solar cell manufacturing equipment."

Despatch Industries designs and engineers market-leading tools and technology for the global solar cell manufacturing industry. The company currently holds the number one market share for metallization firing furnaces and has shipped over 9GW of firing furnace production capacity worldwide. Despatch equipment is consistently recognized for exceptional performance and process quality, maximum profile flexibility, optimal cell efficiency and reduced operating costs.

For more information on Despatch visit our website:http:// http://www.despatch.com

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