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Panasonic to Build 300-Megawatt Solar Cell Plant in Malaysia
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By Chisaki Watanabe and Naoko Fujimura – Nov 25, 2011 6:55 PM GMT+0700

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Panasonic Corp. (6752) will invest 45 billion yen ($582 million) to build a plant for solar cells and modules in Malaysia as the company aims to increase its share in the global market.

The factory will also produce wafers and have a production capacity of 300 megawatts a year, the Osaka, Japan-based electronics maker said today in a statement.

Panasonic aims to sell modules worth 1.6 gigawatts worldwide in the year ending March 2016, Masato Ito, an executive officer, said in Osaka today at a news conference. The company’s previous target was 1.5 gigawatts.

The company picked Malaysia for the new plant to hedge risks of a strong yen and for its reliable infrastructure for power and water, Tetsuhiro Maeda, a senior vice president of Sanyo Electric Co., a unit of Panasonic, said at the conference.

Production will begin in December 2012 and the plant, which will be built in the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, northern Malaysia, will employ about 1,500 people.

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