Q-Cells AG Opens PV Sales Operation in Japan

July 15, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Q-Cells AG announced that it is opening a new branch in Tokyo, Japan. Q-Cells states that it is the first large manufacturing company from the German photovoltaics (PV) industry to establish a presence in Japan. Due to Japan being the world market leader in the production of PV systems, Q-Cells AG’s new Tokyo branch will primarily focus on purchasing.

"We have long-established, strong relationships with wafer manufacturers and other suppliers in Japan. We intend to develop these through our local presence," said Anton Milner, Chief Executive Officer of Q-Cells AG.

An additional function of the branch in Japan is to increase sales of solar cells from Thalheim on the Japanese market in the medium to long-term. "We have been acting as supplier to a major Japanese module manufacturer for a long time," said Milner.

"Thanks to our strong relationships with suppliers and customers, we are closely connected to the Japanese photovoltaic community. This branch is proof of this," stated Bjorn Sandberg, the Branch Manager. "We share a common goal with our colleagues at Japanese companies: we want to make solar energy the main energy source of the future, as quickly as possible."

The branch in Japan is already the third Q-Cells AG office on the east Asian future markets. The company already has an office in Hangzhou/China, and Q-Cells Asia Limited has its head office in Hong Kong. Employees from the office manage sales activities in the Asian-Ocean region, including South Korea (one of the most important photovoltaic growth markets at this stage) and India, which could prove extremely important in the future market.