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Suntech’s story

Since founding in 2001, Suntech has grown rapidly to become one of the largest solar companies in the world. In fact, Suntech was the fourth largest manufacturer of PV cells in the world at the end of 2006, up from eighth position one year earlier. This startling growth and success in the solar industry is largely as a result of Suntech’s unswerving commitment to delivering the highest quality and most cost-effective solar solutions to customers worldwide.


The History of Suntech – The Road to Success in Solar

Suntech’s swift evolution was brought about by the strong leadership and clear vision of Dr. Zhengrong Shi. After completing a master’s degree in laser physics from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Dr. Shi moved to Australia to pursue further studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). It was there that Dr. Shi received his PhD in electrical engineering under the tutelage of Dr. Martin Green, a preeminent academic in solar research and director of the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering. Dr. Shi excelled at his research and is now considered a global authority on solar technology with multiple patents to his name.

After completing his PhD, Dr. Shi became research director at an innovative Australian PV company engaged in the commercialization of next-generation thin film technology. This invaluable experience opened Dr. Shi’s eyes to the commercial viability of solar technology in the global market place and inspired him to establish Suntech in Wuxi, China, a company that could help bring solar products to every home.

Suntech’s dedication to low-cost manufacturing combined with world-class standards of quality control and performance enabled the company to profitably expand …

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