Ferro Launches Solar Aluminum Paste Production At Suzhou, China Manufacturing Facility

Date: 23 September 2009
Source: Ferro
Expanded Production Line Increases Ferro Electronic Material Systems’ Ability to Serve China’s Solar Marketplace  CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 21, 2009-- Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE) announced that its Electronic Material Systems (EMS) business unit has begun production of solar aluminum paste at its expanded Suzhou, China, facility.

The 16,500-square-meter plant has room for future expansion to manufacture products such as silver pastes, surface technology products, multilayer materials, electronic glass, and precious metal powders. The Suzhou facility also houses an applications laboratory to support regional development as well as Application Technology engineers to assist customers in their product development efforts.
 
“Asia is now the largest source of solar cells in the world, with three of the top five producers located in the region,” said Jeffrey Edel, EMS general manager advanced materials. “Also, a number of companies are expanding production into Asia. We expanded our production and applied technology capabilities in Suzhou to serve the needs of these customers.”
 
About Ferro Electronic Material Systems
Ferro Electronic Material Systems, a leading supplier of materials for fabricating photovoltaic silicon solar cells for more than 25 years, has locations in Vista, CA; Penn Yan, NY; South Plainfield, NJ; Haverhill, United Kingdom; Uden, The Netherlands; Hanau, Germany; Tsukuba, Japan; Suzhou, China, and Singapore. Its products include surface finishing materials for LCD, hard disk and ophthalmic polishing; CMP slurries for semiconductors and advanced integrated circuits; metal pastes and powders for solar energy applications, advanced packaging and thick film conductors; and dielectrics used in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC).
 
About Ferro Corporation
Ferro Corporation (http://www.ferro.com) is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Ferro materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including electronics, solar energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products.
 
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company has approximately 5,400 employees globally and reported 2008 sales of $2.2 billion.

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