Despatch Industries Sells its 1000th Firing Furnace

Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A. - December 9, 2010 - Despatch Industries, a leading technology and equipment provider for the solar industry, announces that the company has sold its 1000th firing furnace. Despatch sold its first firing furnace in 2005 and has since grown to become the world's leading metallization firing furnace equipment provider to the solar cell manufacturing industry.

"We appreciate the loyalty that our customers have given us to achieve this significant sales milestone. One thousand firing furnaces represents over 30GW of firing furnace production capacity to the world's solar cell manufacturers," states Steve Oman, Despatch Director of Global Sales. "The success of our firing furnace platform is due to our commitment to continually improving the technology and offering our customers products that enable them to achieve the best possible performance and processing results."

Despatch's record firing furnace sales in 2010 can be credited largely to the growth of the solar cell manufacturing market in China. The company has sold over 500 firing furnaces into China this year alone. Despatch's firing furnace portfolio includes the flagship CF Series which is the industry's top choice for high capacity, mass production and the UltraFlexTM. The UltraFlexTM is the world's most advanced firing furnace with MicrozoneTM Technology for enhanced profile flexibility and control. Both platforms are available in single and dual-lane configuration.

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: http://www.despatch.com

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