China is at the cutting edge of photovoltaic manufacturing and Solarfun is one of Asia’s leading companies in the sector. The upswing in PV interest mirrors the company’s rapid growth rate of the last few years and there is confidence this curve can be maintained. We talk to new CEO Harold Hoskens, who has joined the company after extensive experience with Philips, and has great insight into the East-West working environment, and the measures Solarfun is taking to succeed in 2009-10.
PES: Solarfun is using its reputation as one of the leading manufacturing platforms for PV products in Asia to expand its base in Europe. How is this working, and can you tell us about any new developments?
Harold Hoskens: Solarfun has been ranked as one of Asia’s largest PV manufacturers for the past four years and our capacity has reached 360MW for this year. We have been distributing in Europe since our earliest days and our success is exponential. From Q1 2007 to Q1 2008 our shipments have grown by more than 500 per cent.
It is true that our European clients feel comfortable working with us, in part for our size and strong reputation in electronics production.