Trina Solar Denies Report Employee Is Involved in Customs Probe

Trina Solar Ltd., the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, rejected as untrue a Chinese media report that said one of its employees was assisting an unspecified customs probe.

No Trina employees are involved in the probe, the Changzhou, China-based company said in an e-mailed statement.

The China Business Daily reported on April 11 that the head of a a unit of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd. was assisting in a a probe by Chinese customs authorities into solar product imports and exports, citing the company. The report mentioned Trina Solar as also assisting in the investigation, citing an unidentified person.

No further details were provided of the probe, which the newspaper said is being helped by executive Tang Jun in relation to a previous job he held with Zhenjiang Rietech New Energy Science Technology Co., a Chinese solar wafer maker.

Tang is chief executive officer of Shunfeng Photovoltaic Technology Co. and president of Wuxi Suntech Power Co.

Two calls to the public relations department of Shunfeng International, the parent of Shunfeng Photovoltaic and Wuxi Suntech, weren’t answered and an email seeking comment wasn’t returned. Several calls to Suntech and Rietech went unanswered.

Shunfeng’s Tang, who previously served as president of Rietech, was responsible for setting up the first production line of polycrystaline silicon wafers in China, according to Suntech’s website.

— With assistance by Feifei Shen

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