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Africa’s first solar cell factory has been inaugurated in the Coega Industrial Development Zone of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, along with 200MW half-cell module assembly expansion in Eastern Cape.

Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Co. Ltd. (Seraphim), a world-class solar product manufacturer, recently made the announcement of the 500MW solar cell factory, which will directly support its growing module assembly plant already operating in Eastern Cape since last summer.

According to the manufacturer, the new factory and expansion is co-developed by both Seraphim and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), which will begin commercial operation in Q3 2019.

“We have continuously received purchase orders for modules from our 300MW factory in South Africa since it reached full production in September; building our own cell plant in South Africa is the ideal way to support our customer base by optimising our production and reducing lead times” commented Polaris Li, President of Seraphim.

“We are glad to cooperate again with IDC, a professional and reliable local partner. This new factory will strengthen mutual interests and optimise prosperity for our stakeholders.”

“We are very excited about the opportunities that this new cell factory opens up for our operations in South Africa”, said David Nunez Blundell, co-founder of Seraphim Southern Africa.

Blundell added: “This plant will be the first of its kind in Africa, and shall be a stepping stone towards the consolidation of a strong vertically-integrated operation that will see additional investments materialising in the near future.

"Together with the module assembly expansion, it will launch Seraphim into a new stage of evolution, strengthening our value proposition to clients in the South African and exports markets.”