Air Liquide has reiterated its standing in the solar photovoltaic sector by signing 15 new long-term contracts with companies from all quadrants of the globe. Thanks to these new contracts, the Group now supplies over 150 photovoltaic customers worldwide, with an overall manufacturing capacity exceeding 20GWp per year.

Francisco Martins, Vice President of World Business Line Electronics of the Air Liquide Group, described this as demonstrative of the firm’s “credibility” and “value”.

From the North Pacific to Europe

The French owned firm emphasised its tread in China by signing several new supply agreements with six of the seven c-Si solar cells market leaders. Indeed, in Wuxi, Air Liquide contests that its latest gas supply contract will assist the world leading manufacturer of c-Si solar cells and modules.

Meanwhile, thanks to a further long-term contract series in Hefei, the firm will also supply gases to a global supplier of c-Si wafers. Similarly, Air Liquide’s footing in Taiwan will be ratified with long-term supply agreements from three industry leaders for their new campus located at Jhunan Science Park and in Tainan. The improved facility will offer an installed capacity of 3,5GWp by the end of 2011.

The firm’s grasp of the North Pacific market was still further extended by a subsequent supply agreement for a new c-Si solar cells facility.

But it’s not just Asia and the Pacific regions which benefit, indeed, Air Liquide has also been awarded a supply contract with a key CIGS manufacturer in Germany.