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In October last year, Hans-Joachim Bender was awarded a German Enterprise Medal ("Wirtschaftsmedaille") in recognition of his corporate merits and achievements as the managing partner of Robert Bürkle GmbH. The Black Forest plant manufacturer is bucking the recent economic trend by introducing new products and innovations and has aggressively opened up the photovoltaic market as a new business sector.PES: Welcome back to PES, for the benefit of our readers who might not be familiar with your company, can you explain how you serve the solar industry? Hans-Joachim Bender: It is good to be back again. The success story began in 2005. That was then year we built the first coating lines for the photovoltaic industry, and two years later we presented the first multi-opening laminator Ypsator for solar modules on the occasion of the EUPVSEC in Valencia.Since then, we have delivered more than 20 lines. However, we were not content with that and have been extending our product portfolio successively since then. For example, with the single-opening laminator e.a.sy-Lam, back ends for thin film modules, handling lines and foil cutting lines.PES: We hear that 2010 is set to be a watershed year for the growth of the company; can you

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China-based Upsolar is a global company, specialising in the design and manufacture of PV modules. It has always maintained that its strength lies in the development of strict quality control in the manufacturing process, to provide worldwide customers with reliable, excellent products. Here, PES talks to the company's Jerry Li, Supply Chain & Manufacturing Director.PES: Welcome to PES magazine. Can you explain a little about your company and outline the products and services you provide for the Solar/PV industry?Jerry Li: Thank you for giving us an opportunity to outline our core business. Upsolar is a dynamic, multinational group offering design, R&D and quality control, and providing PV modules for worldwide residential, commercial and utility-scale projects.Using top-quality module components from highly-qualified international manufacturers ensures the delivery of consistent product quality. Upsolar also aims to provide the most reliable and cost-competitive PV modules to its customers. Upsolar's mission, since the company's inception, has always been to provide the global PV market an opportunity to purchase a made-in-China product of market-leading quality, at a competitive price. The company has since developed its focus on providing an excellent product, meeting all international quality standards, while offering the most competitive prices available from a Chinese

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Bottero Group is a global player for the glass industry, with a focus on the design, production and installation of glass technologies and equipment that stretches back over more than 50 years.With the expertise of their 1200 people, seven Research and Development centres in Europe, production facilities in Italy and China, and a service and sales network in more than 90 countries, the Group is now also offering to the fast-growing PV sector their ‘global solution provider' approach - the goal being to improve quality and reduce costs of PV module manufacturing.HistoryThe Bottero Group was established in 1957 as a service workshop for the glass manufacturing companies of the Cuneo area of north western Italy. The company rapidly developed in the glass technology business, developed an ever-expanding customer-base and took a leading role in the glass production industry.Currently, Bottero is the only Group in the world that can offer equipment and technologies to the glass industry for both container and flat glass production and processing.The cutting-edge technologies of Bottero for E-IS machines in container glass or cutting systems for flat glass have been setting the standards of the glass industry for several years. Furthermore, ISO9001:200 and ISO14001 certifications guarantee the

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