"We recognize that when the solar industry is ramping at a rapid pace, it is a difficult time for customers to change their manufacturing process," said Paul van der Wansem, chairman and CEO of BTU. "However, with strong pressure to lower cost per watt, in-line, diffusion makes a strong case by offering state of the art cell efficiencies for existing and advanced cell processing, coupled with a lower cost of ownership.
"As we implement our alternative energy growth strategy, we are pleased that our products are increasingly chosen by customers who are incorporating competitive solutions that meet or exceed benchmark process results."
Shipments of these systems will commence this quarter and are scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2011.
BTU International is a market-leading, global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics assembly markets. BTU's equipment and expertise are used in the manufacturing of solar cells and nuclear fuel as well as the production of printed circuit board assemblies and semiconductor packaging. BTU has design and manufacturing operations in North Billerica, Massachusetts and Shanghai, China with direct sales and service worldwide. Further information about BTU International is available at http://www.btu.com