DGAP-News: SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG: The BOD Group, Lithuania, marks the production start of the new line for crystalline solar

DGAP-News: SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG: The BOD Group, Lithuania, marks the 
production start of the new line for crystalline solar cells on October 15, 2013

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SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG: The BOD Group, Lithuania, marks the
production start of the new line for crystalline solar cells on
October 15, 2013

15.10.2013 / 11:00


  - New production line from  SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES for crystalline solar
    cells is inaugurated

  - Collaboration to boost cell efficiency agreed

  - Equipment for PERC upgrade ordered

Kahl am Main, October 15, 2013 - The 'BOD Group High Technology Center
L.I.G.H.T. Wing (Lithuanian of green and high technologies)' will be
holding an opening ceremony on October 15, 2013 in the Lithuanian capital
Vilnius, attended by the Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius,
the German ambassador Matthias Mülmenstädt and the Mayor of Vilnius Arturas
Zuokas. The ceremony will focus on the commissioning of a new production
line for crystalline solar cells which was supplied by SINGULUS

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES had signed a contract with the BOD Group at the start
of 2012 for the supply of a production line for solar cells. With this
move, SINGULUS demonstrated the capability existing within the company to
bring together expertise in vacuum coating technology and wet chemistry in
supplying all key components of a complete cell production line. The main
production steps involved in the manufacture of silicon solar cells, such
as the wet-chemical facilities for texturing and cleaning as well as the
vacuum systems for applying anti-reflective coatings are in-house
developments of SINGULUS.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Chief Executive Officer of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG,
remarked: 'SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES has installed the entire cell production
line under the brand name of SOLARE on schedule and has already made cells
of an excellent standard during the commissioning phase'. Dr.-Ing. Stefan
Rinck continued: 'Our new development agreement with the BOD Group includes
in particular enhancing cell efficiency and reducing the cost of
manufacturing cells. In harness with the BOD Group as our venture partner,
that means that in the future we will be able to offer the basis for
manufacturing highly efficient solar cells at a low cost.'

Vidmantas Janulevičius, CEO of the BOD Group, declared at the inauguration:
'In commissioning this plant we are very proud to be supporting the goals
of expanding renewables in Lithuania, in this specific case photovoltaics.
Our collaboration with SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES has been hugely successful, as
the performance data for the first solar cells tested show. We chose
SINGULUS because we have been long acquainted with the company as a leading
supplier of vacuum technology and we are impressed by the concept of the
production line with integral SINGULUS systems. We also intend to use
production plant from SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES in developing PERC solar cell
technology and have already placed orders for the machinery in question'.

These facilities comprise the SINGULAR XP vacuum coating machine for the
rear passivation of crystalline PERC solar cells and a polishing and
etching plant of the type LINEA II.

Background PERC
The trend in the solar industry towards ever thinner wafers for crystalline
solar cells with higher levels of efficiency at the same time requires
improved surface passivation of the cell rear side. In 2012 SINGULUS
TECHNOLOGIES teamed up with the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln
(ISFH) to work on the further development of cell technology.  Through this
cooperation it was possible to enhance the efficiency of screen printing
silicon solar cells from the customary range of 17.0 % to 18.5 % in the PV
industry to a record level of 20.1 %.

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES develops innovative technologies for efficient
production processes, which only make use of resources conservatively. New
production technology combined with sustainable processes and the use of
novel materials can decouple the use of resources from economic growth in
the long-term. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES' innovative power and competitiveness
are strengthened by these new technological developments.

With its Optical Disc segment SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is the world market
leader for CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc production equipment. SINGULUS
TECHNOLOGIES is the only engineering company worldwide currently able to
provide the machine technology for three-layer Blu-ray Discs with a storage
volume of about 100 GB.

In the Solar division SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is a recognized supplier of new
machinery concepts and production processes for crystalline and thin-film
solar cells, which increase the efficiency of solar cells and reduce their
production costs. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES IS establishing itself as a
development partner and machinery supplier for technologies enabling a
sustainable energy provision on the basis of renewable energies.

In the Semiconductor segment SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES focuses its activities
on the vacuum coating of wafers with ultra thin layers for the production
of MRAM memory, thin-film write/read heads and other semiconductor

SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, Hanauer Landstraße 103, D-63796 Kahl/Main, ISIN:
DE0007238909, WKN: 723890

Maren Schuster, Investor Relations, Tel.: + 49 (0) 160 9609 0279
Bernhard Krause, Corporate Communications, Tel.: + 49 (0) 170 9202924
E-Mail: bernhard.krause@singulus.de

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Company:     SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG                              
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