Bosch Solar Energy AG, a supplier of photovoltaic products, has inaugurated its new photovoltaics center in Arnstadt, Germany. The company says it has invested more than 500 million euros in this facility, which houses the company's headquarters, research and development departments, solar cell and module production, and a training center.
‘From now on, the Arnstadt location will assume the function of a competence center,’ says Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the Bosch board of management. ‘It is from there that Bosch will plan and manage its global photovoltaics activities.’
Office premises and a manufacturing facility were built on an 382,000 square-meter site over a two-year construction period. By 2012, Bosch will have created some 1,000 new jobs in Arnstadt, the company notes. The new research center will be used by 120 associates to develop new products and make them ready for series production.
In addition, the newly built training center will be used to prepare 150 people for occupations in engineering. The first class is scheduled to begin in these new rooms on Sept 1. Bosch Solar Energy is currently training 95 people.