AUO subsidiary building solar wafer plant -

AU Optronics (AUO) has announced that one of its subsidiary companies - ACC - is working to create a solar wafer plant in Taiwan’s Chungkang Export Processing Zone.

The venture, which has been approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), will strengthen AUO's position in the solar materials market and help push its own technological developments.

AUO hosted a "ground breaking ceremony" to celebrate first-phase construction. The first-phase capacity of multicrystalline ingots and wafers is expected to achieve 300 megawatts (MW), while in the future the company will look at supplies of upstream solar materials to "secure its proprietary R&D and smelting technologies of polysilicon, and offer high-quality and high-efficiency materials to solar cell makers."

Equipment will be bunged in this August, with mass production planned in the fourth quarter.

ACC's new plant will also become AUO’s solar business operation centre. There will be around 1,000 job opportunities over the next three years.

The first phase construction of the ACC facility in Chungkang Export Processing Zone is around three hectares, and the total area after expansion will be 8.5 hectares.