CHANGZHOU, China | TRINA SOLAR —
Trina Solar’s cooperation with a local Malaysian partner, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), to develop 500MW of solar module capacity is on track and the local partner has shipped modules to the Company as scheduled.
Moreover, the Company’s goal of producing 400MW of solar modules this year as a part of this cooperation remains unchanged. The cooperation is part of Trina Solar’s geographical diversification strategy, and is in line with the Company’s asset-light strategy to localize production in various key markets that the Company believes have promising solar demand.
Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar commented: “The cooperation with our Malaysian partner is a key part of our localization strategy in Southeast Asia, and we are pleased to announce that it has been progressing smoothly. Our Thailand facility is also on track to commence production in late 2015 or early 2016, which will add an additional 500 MW of module and 700 MW of cell production capacity to our production capabilities.
Both of these facilities will allow Trina Solar to meet growing global demand for PV modules and have cost-effective manufacturing bases with close proximity to fast-growing emerging markets. We will continue to build a flexible, capital efficient manufacturing model in more diverse and cost efficient countries. We will look for areas where we can integrate proprietary manufacturing, OEM, capacity leasing, and outsourcing to expand our capacity worldwide and ensure that we are able to quickly respond to market trends.
Furthermore, our industry leading position and ability to optimize resource allocation globally have positioned us well-ahead of our competition as the solar industry is undergoing a period of consolidation. We remain committed to our asset light business model and we are confident that all of these measures are helping us build a solid foundation as we transform into a world-class solar system developer.”
About Trina Solar Limited
Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) is a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services. Founded in 1997 as a PV system integrator, Trina Solar today drives smart energy together with installers, distributors, utilities and developers worldwide. The company’s industry-shaping position is based on innovation excellence, superior product quality, vertically integrated capabilities and environmental stewardship.