China-based Upsolar is a global company, specialising in the design and manufacture of PV modules. It has always maintained that its strength lies in the development of strict quality control in the manufacturing process, to provide worldwide customers with reliable, excellent products. Here, PES talks to the company’s Jerry Li, Supply Chain & Manufacturing Director.
PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company and outline the products and services you provide for the Solar/PV industry?
Jerry Li: Thank you for giving us an opportunity to outline our core business. Upsolar is a dynamic, multinational group offering design, R&D and quality control, and providing PV modules for worldwide residential, commercial and utility-scale projects.
Using top-quality module components from highly-qualified international manufacturers ensures the delivery of consistent product quality. Upsolar also aims to provide the most reliable and cost-competitive PV modules to its customers. Upsolar’s mission, since the company’s inception, has always been to provide the global PV market an opportunity to purchase a made-in-China product of market-leading quality, at a competitive price. The company has since developed its focus on providing an excellent product, meeting all international quality standards, while offering the most competitive prices available from a Chinese manufacturing base.
Upsolar’s performance has been very impressive; having shipped more than 60MW in 2008 and 95MW in 2009, with sales of close to $172m (US) and with estimates of reaching 250MW in 2010. By investing in international recruitment to create a world- class sales network across Europe, Upsolar intends to maintain close links with customers to develop mutual long-term partnerships. We take great pride in the quality and efficiency of the Upsolar global organisation and experienced international team.
The cornerstone of Upsolar’s success has been the rigorous quality-control management protocol we have developed. Upsolar employees implement these online QC Management standards at all partner manufacturing facilities in collaboration with third party QC management provider, Bureau Veritas; helping Upsolar to continually improve upon these processes while conducting audits of all Upsolar products prior to shipment. Combined with our in-house R&D centre, industry-standard warranties, performance guarantee though innovative insurance coverage and international presence, Upsolar can guarantee its customer-base an extremely reliable PV module, providing protection from power-loss or supply-shortages.