China solar giant Suntech to set up 1st U.S. plant

Suntech PV panels which also let light through sun shades

China’s solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. said Monday it will set up its first U.S. factory in the Greater Phoenix, Arizona area…

The plant will have an initial production capacity of 30 megawatts and is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2010.

Steven Chan, Suntech’s Chief Strategy Officer, said in Beijing the company will make an initial investment of 10 million U.S. dollars…

The U.S. plant, which will be about 80,000 to 100,000 square feet, will employ over 75 full-time employees at launch and may double its staff within the year as the North American market develops.

They’ll be hiring administrative staff who speak English, Chinese and Spanish. They wish.

Silly remarks aside, what this addresses is the cost of transporting finished products to market becoming a qualitative portion of the whole equation.

15 thoughts on “China solar giant Suntech to set up 1st U.S. plant

  1. gordeecampbell says:

    The Doctor recommended that I work in a place like this. He said “Gord,” cuz that’s the name.”Gord, you need a job, but you are restricted to light work.”

  2. Jägermeister says:

    “Silly remarks aside, what this addresses is the cost of transporting finished products to market becoming a qualitative portion of the whole equation.”

    It’s more to be able to put “Made in USA” on the product.

    The labeling system is as outdated as the patent system. In this global economy, there should be three parts of information on all labels:

    1) Origin of all parts. List each country and how many percent it has contributed to the end product.
    2) In which country it was assembled.
    3) Which country gets the profit.

    This will make it easier for us to make a choice.

    • moss says:

      Then if you buy a 32″ TV, you will have a label bigger than the screen. 🙂

      Putting “Made in USA” may help sales of Harleys. It doesn’t mean squat on PV panels – or most anything electronic FTM. People look at the price tag before they squint at the back for country of origin – if ever.

        • moss says:

          Your car was built where?

          The last 5 pickups in our extended family included 2 built in Canada. The other 3 were Hecho in Mexico.

          • moss says:

            Had fun busting balls at the Harley plant once – with yokels snarling about rice-burner this and that.

            I asked one of the managers, what would he have if I took all the Asian parts off the Harley? He said, “A very heavy push scooter.”

          • Jägermeister says:

            That pretty much sums up the discussion. Built doesn’t mean built anymore… it means assembled parts from all over the place.

          • keaneo says:

            Cripes. Just occurred to me you’re mirroring Marx, Engels, Morgan, Hegel’s ponderings about alienation.

            Does that mean Marx was right – or your personal style hasn’t moved beyond the 19th Century?

          • keaneo says:

            Try to get past your hangups, dude.

            I referenced 3 philosophers, e.g., 2 materialist, 1 idealist + an anthropologist – on the topic of alienation.

            Sorry if the topic is too deep.

          • Mr. Fusion says:

            I didn’t believe it at first, but some investigation showed me that a 1986 Honda Goldwing had higher American made content than my ’84 FLHX Shovel. In fact, the forks were really Goldwing forks.

            That kind of spoiled the dream.

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