DANBURY, CT, July 10, 2009 — Praxair Electronics, a division of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), has been awarded a contract by SANYO Solar of Oregon LLC to supply its new manufacturing facility in Salem, Oregon, with bulk argon and nitrogen.
SANYO Solar of Oregon will construct a new plant for the manufacture of solar ingots and wafers in Salem’s Renewable Energy and Technology Park. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in October 2009 and to be in full operation by April 2010 with a production capacity of approximately 70 MW, bringing the SANYO Group’s total for ingot and wafer production capacity in America to approximately 100 MW.
“We chose Praxair Electronics for its proven track record of supply reliability and its bulk-gas production capacity,” said Scott Landrigan, SANYO Solar of Oregon’s director of facilities.
“Praxair provides gases and sputtering targets to over 40 photovoltaic component manufacturers around the world,” said Mark Murphy, president, Praxair Electronics. “We are pleased to have been selected to supply argon and nitrogen to SANYO Solar of Oregon’s new state-of-the-art facility in Salem and to continue our contribution to alternative energy market growth.”
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global, multi-billion dollar leading company for energy and environment, providing solutions for energy, environment and lifestyle applications based on its brand vision, 'Think GAIA'. SANYO Solar of Oregon LLC (a subsidiary of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.) is based in Salem, Oregon, and is currently constructing facilities to manufacture ingots and wafers to be used in SANYO Electric Co., Ltd's proprietary HIT® solar cells. The new plant will be completed in October 2009, and fully operational in April 2010 with a production capacity of 70 MW. For further information, please visit SANYO's web site at us.sanyo.com.
About Praxair Electronics
Praxair Electronics offers a complete portfolio of bulk and onsite gases, process gases, gas handling and distribution systems and services, and sputtering targets to the photovoltaic, display, and semiconductor markets. More information on Praxair Electronics is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com/electronics.
Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2008 sales of $10.8 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a diverse group of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.
Susan Szita Gore