PARIS Oerlikon Solar, the solar subsidiary of Swiss Oerlikon technology group, announced its intention to create 350 jobs in Switzerland by the end of 2009. This follows the inauguration of a pilot line in Trübbach, Switzerland, for production of and research into the latest thin-film modules.
While Oerlikon Solar said it had only 28 employees involved in the pioneering work at the Swiss site in Trübbach in early 2006, it now has 650 employees.
"It is our aim to have around 1000 employees at Trübbach by the end of 2009," stated Jeannine Sargent, CEO of Oerlikon Solar. They will be highly qualified high-tech jobs: engineers, software specialists, process developers, automation experts, the company specified.
Oerlikon Solar said the opening of the solar factory for pilot production in the Swiss town of Trübbach represents a double digit Swiss francs investment. The solar laboratory indeed aims enable the company to simulate all stages of the manufacturing process on site, noted the company.
For the year 2008, Oerlikon Solar said it anticipates sales of more than CHF 700 million ($634 million). In 2009, it expects to break the billion mark.
A new site is currently being built for the Asian market in Singapore, which will begin operating in 2009.