April 26, 2023 | Montréal, Québec
5N Plus Inc. (TSX:VNP) (“5N Plus” or the “Company”), a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials, announced today that, as a result of previously announced contracts, its wholly-owned subsidiary, AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH (“AZUR”), has undertaken concrete actions to increase its capacity by 30% over the course of 2023 and 2024.
“We are investing in activities and equipment to meet the unprecedented demand for our space and terrestrial solar cells, which has created a strong multi-year pipeline of contracted work,” said Gervais Jacques, President and CEO of 5N Plus. “This meaningful capacity increase further strengthens our global leadership position in the sector and is a testament to the quality and diversified applications of AZUR’s advanced solar cell technology.”
The production capacity program, comprised of three components, impacts all AZUR departments, including epitaxy growth, cell production, assembly and testing. First, AZUR has implemented a productivity improvement program, which notably includes an additional shift to the assembly production schedule. In addition, new equipment has been ordered to increase front-end production capacity. Finally, AZUR will be implementing co-investment initiatives to purchase and install additional equipment to improve production yield, promote automation and increase overall production capacity.
5N Plus is a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials. The Company’s ultra-pure materials often form the core element of its customers’ products. These customers rely on 5N Plus’s products to enable performance and sustainability in their own products. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to develop and manufacture its products. The Company’s products enable various applications in several key industries, including renewable energy, security, space, pharmaceutical, medical imaging and industrial. Headquartered in Montréal, Québec, 5N Plus operates R&D, manufacturing and commercial centers in strategically located facilities around the world including Europe, North America and Asia.
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