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Longstanding DEK Solar team member, Martin Hewson, has been appointed as the company's new Business Unit Manager -Alternative Energy Systems. The new role has been created in response to a growing demand for the PV specialist's technologies and will be charged with developing technologies and processes to enhance current competitive differentiators even further, including reduced lead times, product quality and customer service. In his new role, Martin will assume day-to-day management responsibilities for all operational processes, in addition to driving continuous improvement initiatives within the DEK Solar business. Acting as a valuable interface between the company's Sales and Engineering teams, Martin will also extend DEK Solar's commitment to innovation by ensuring that customer and market demands form the basis of ongoing product development. In line with the company's ‘Expect More' philosophy, Martin will also be championing Lean strategies to further enhance the company's ability to optimise lead times and ensure customers are running to full production levels on site, following platform delivery, as quickly as possible.Commenting on his new role at DEK Solar, Martin Hewson explains: "Here at DEK, we're continuously targeting improvements - from the innovations we deliver through to the service with which we deliver them. Lean is very important within this and part of my new role is to ensure we're pioneering lean principles

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The HARTING Technology Group, headquartered in Espelkamp, Eastern Westphalia, has concluded a decidedly successful business year, marking a milestone in the history of the company.In the business year elapsed, the family owned and managed company HARTING, generated total revenue of € 413 million, which is 27 % ahead of the previous year. The fact that worldwide sales were up by more than 7 % over the previous record year of 2008 is particularly gratifying."These decidedly positive developments are the result of the joint efforts of all employees of the HARTING Technology Group worldwide," emphasized Dietmar Harting, President and partner, at the balance sheet press conference on December 7, 2010 in Espelkamp: "We are very impressed with the solidarity and close cooperation of our staff, as well as their steadfast identification with the aims and objectives of company management. It is only by drawing on these strengths that we were able to able to genuinely make the most of the opportunities that always present themselves in such particularly challenging times."Worldwide sales gains - especially strong growth in Asia and the AmericasThe HARTING solutions that are subdivided into three segments within the largest segment of "Connectivity & Networks", are utilized across the globe. In the "Installation Technology" area HARTING, under the "Han" brand, is developing and marketing industrial

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Tentec, a UK provider of bolt tightening solutions for industry is celebrating a record year of global sales. Despite tough market conditions, worldwide sales have reached a new high in 2010 marking the end of another excellent year for this global engineering company. "Our order book has been strong throughout the year." says newly appointed Managing Director, Mike Gethings. "As well as pleasing sales for our standard bolt tensioning equipment, we have seen demand for our customised engineering skills also increase. Our in-house engineers continue to design innovative and cost-effective solutions for challenging applications and our manufacturing facility ensures that customers receive their products on time and within budget." In 2010, Tentec also launched a new series of hydraulic and pneumatic torque wrenches to complement their bolt tightening solutions. The SD, CD and PN ranges have been developed for engineers worldwide who require robust, easy to use and accurate tools for the vast range of torque applications throughout industry. They have proved very popular since their introduction in May and Tentec predicts the strong sales continuing into 2011 as they become more established.

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EUROPEAN TECHNOLOGY KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER INTO ONTARIO CANADAEclipsall Energy Corporation, a Canadian solar enterprise that was founded in 2009 to coincide with the launch of Ontario's Green Energy Act, has announced a $10 million investment and launch of a PV solar panel manufacturing plant in the Greater Toronto Area. It is expected that the facility is operational mid 2011.The company purchased a turnkey module manufacturing line from RIMAS in the Netherlands. This 64 MW manufacturing plant is equipped to meet all demands for of the North American market and competitively bring European solar manufacturing knowledge and quality into Canada. The lean semi-automated production facility, will allow Eclipsall to provide Ontario with crystalline solar PV modules. It also means direct employment to more than 90 people. Expansion is already planned.The manufacturing concept is enhanced by strict quality measurement equipment such as the Resonance Ultrasonic Vibrations (RUV) crack detection methodology from RUV Systems and sun simulation systems, thus enabling quality output required to meet Ontario regulations. Knowledge exchange programs and experienced solar management support further enhance manufacturing quality and output. This project is yet another example of the fast growing solar activities of Rimas, as a turnkey module line supplier. Rimas combines it's self developed machinery and technology with state-of-the-art stringer and laminator systems

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Orders at GP Solar GmbH reached their highest level ever in the company's history at a total volume of some 25 million euros. Once again, the Constance-based specialist in inspection systems for wafer, solar cell, and module manufacturing managed to significantly increase total annual order volume in its GP Solar Inspect business unit. In the months of October and November alone, orders surpassed the 10-million euro mark. The sum will boost revenues and results in the upcoming 2011 fiscal year.This positive result is due in large part to a successful launch of the GP Solar Inspect product line in the Asian market. The inspection systems offer solar wafer and cell manufacturers precise 100 percent monitoring of their solar production processes. At the PV Taiwan trade fair in late October -- one of the key trade fairs in the Asian region -- GP Inspect made customer contacts that resulted in contracts. GP Solar has also had success in the Chinese and Korean markets.More than 250 wafer, cell, and module inspection systems have already been delivered to Asia this year. "We are benefiting from the development that Asian solar cell manufacturers are now putting a very high premium on the quality of their products," explains Dr. Eric Rüland, managing director of GP Solar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics AG.

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Acro Energy Technologies Corp. ("Acro Energy", TSX Venture: ART | PowerRating), one of California's largest solar power integrators, has joined Wells Fargo to help bring solar energy to Southern California homeowners.Through the end of the year, Acro Energy and Wells Fargo are offering up to $1,000 in incentives to qualified Southern California homeowners who advance funds from a home equity loan or line of credit in the amount of $15,000 or more to finance the installation of a solar power system. In addition, Acro Energy is extending to these homeowners its "Instant Solar" rebate program, which pays up to an additional $1,000 towards a customer's electric bills between the time he or she signs a residential solar contract and the completion of the solar system installation. Currently, the offer is limited to customers located in Southern California. Customers can find complete details of the program in Southern California Wells Fargo stores or by visiting acroenergy.com/wellsfargo."We're excited to have been selected for this program and to be able to offer even more financing options to our customers," said James Tong, vice president of marketing at Acro Energy. "It's also a big win for everyone when Wells Fargo is promoting solar; it

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MX Solar has brought its new, highly automated solar module production line on stream in New Jersey, USA. The US branch of the Italian-based MX Group will, from now on, be producing crystalline solar modules for the local and European markets using an integrated 3S Modultec production line. With the start up of this 65MW production plant, MX and 3S Modultec, a company within the Meyer Burger Technology Group (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN), are successfully continuing their existing collaboration: the MX Group has been using production equipment from 3S since 2006. Carmelito Denaro, Chairman and CEO of MX Solar USA says "The collaboration between 3S Modultec and the MX Group is a godsend, and we are delighted to have 3S Modultec as our technological partner in our US venture as well as in Europe. The technology, equipment and services provided by 3S Modultec to the MX Group have always been key factors in the success of our group". Incorporated within this fully integrated and automised production line are the following process steps: stringing, lamination and evaluation of the quality and output of the solar modules. The individual technologies have the back-up of Somont, 3S Modultec and Pasan - companies in

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Dow Wire & Cable is announcing a price increase of 100 Euros per metric ton for its wire and cable compounded products and elastomers in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This increase will be effective with shipments from January 1, 2011, or as contract terms allow.Further details will be communicated to customers by local Dow Wire & Cable account executives.About Dow Wire & CableDow Wire & Cable, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), is a leading global provider of products, technology, solutions and expertise that sets industry standards for reliability, longevity, efficiency, ease of installation and protection that the industry can count on in the transmission, distribution and consumption of power, voice and data. Understanding that collaboration is essential to success, Dow Wire & Cable works together with cable makers, utilities, municipalities, testing institutes and other organizations around the world to develop solutions and create mutual value that will sustain the industry for years to come. For more information, visit www.dowwireandcable.comAbout DowDow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address

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The use of rare-earth materials as a key component in permanent magnet generators has raised concern around the world. China now controls approximately 97% of the rare-earth materials that are vital to clean-energy technology sources according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. What will this do to the future supply of rare-earth materials used in PMGs? And how will China's monopoly affect global pricing?Although the term "rare-earth" has been selected to call a collection of 17 chemical elements in the periodic table, luckily they are relatively plentiful. In some cases, these "rare" metals are nearly as abundant as tin or lead. The reason they are determined to be "rare" results from their geochemical properties, making them rare to find in concentrated or easily exploitable forms."Rare-earth" magnets, then, are permanent magnets made from alloys of rare-earth elements. They were developed in the 1970s and 80s and are known to be the strongest form of permanent magnets today. They allow for relatively high temperatures and high remanence flux, both of which are essential properties for reliable wind turbine operation.Numerous global conglomerates have been using rare-earth magnets in their applications for decades. Companies like the Japanese powerhouses TDK and Hitachi have employed them

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Leading solar developer AMSOLAR Corporation ("AMSOLAR") is pleased to announce the addition of GCL Solar Energy, Inc. ("GCL Solar" or "GCL") to the team that will be developing and installing its 5.2 Megawatt (MW) project for the San Diego Unified School District.When completed, the project will bring solar power to 20 sites in the District, using both rooftops and parking lots, creating one of the largest distributed solar energy plants in the United States.GCL Solar Energy, Inc. based in San Francisco, CA, will provide EPC expertise and backing for the project as part of its partnership with AMSOLAR to jointly develop up to approximately $100 million in projects at schools across the United States. GCL Solar Energy is one of the largest supporters of solar projects in California and is a division of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, Ltd. (HK: 3800), a global leader in the production of polysilicon and wafers."We are proud to bring a project of this size, scope and importance to our partnership with GCL Solar," said Joshua Weinstein, Managing Partner of AMSOLAR. "Given our focus on enabling schools to embrace solar throughout the country, we are especially pleased to be bringing 23,000 solar panels to the San Diego

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