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Beneq-Glaston sells first TCO coating line


March 23, 2011
By Glaston

March 22, 2011 – The first Beneq-Glaston TFC2000 line for manufacturing TCO coatings on glass for photovoltaics (PV) has been sold to Asia. The total order is approximately 14 million Euros, of which Glaston's share is over four million. The line delivery is scheduled for Q1 of 2012.

Beneq CEO, Sampo Ahonen, comments: "This is a definitive demonstration of the growing need for high-quality TCO glass and coating equipment to manufacture it. It is
also good proof of the seamless cooperation between Beneq and Glaston,
which with this transaction has taken a giant leap forward."

In
September 2010, Beneq and Glaston announced their strategic cooperation
for solar glass coating equipment. Results of the collaboration between
the companies brought about the new TFC2000 continuous offline
production concept, which enables a commercially affordable way to
manufacture high-quality TCO coated glass for the solar industry. The
Beneq coating system, featuring proprietary nAERO
technology, is fully integrated into Glaston's CHF Pro heat treatment
line. The TFC2000 combines world-leading glass and annealing technology
with advanced thin film coating for rapidly growing solar
applications.

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"The sale of the first TFC2000 line in such a relatively
short period of time is very encouraging and confirms that the joint
Beneq-Glaston offering has been well positioned to serve the needs of
the growing thin film PV industry with a solution that is unique and
competitive", said Glaston CEO, Arto Metsänen.


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