China Sunergy Ships PV From Turkey, Avoiding EU Duties


China Sunergy Co. Ltd. has begun shipping solar modules from its plant in Istanbul, Turkey, and says it will deliver a total of approximately 6.4 MW of products from mid-June to August to a French customer.

China Sunergy says it currently has a total production capacity of 100 MW on solar cells and 300 MW of solar modules at its Turkish facility, which represents its second largest production base. The company also sees the plant as a hedge against European Union duties on solar products imported into Europe from China.

‘We are very delighted to announce our first contract win from Europe for the Turkey plant,’ says China Sunergy CEO Stephen Cai in a statement. ‘The modules will be shipped directly from Istanbul, Turkey, to France, which marks a significant milestone in our enhanced global production chain, as we believe our Turkey plant provides us with an effective buffer against the negative impact of Europe's anticipated anti-dumping tariffs.’

The company signed a deal with local partners to begin production in Turkey in September 2012. The line opened in January and was expanded in May.

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