Three semi-automated PV production lines located in Thailand, and another located in Canada, are being offered for sale by auction arranged by liquidity services company Go-Dove.
The production lines are operated by Canadian contract PV manufacturer Celestica and are being advertised for immediate sale through an auction conducted by liquidity services company GoIndustry DoveBid (Go-Dove), which provides buyers with access to surplus business assets.
Celestica is a Canadian contract manufacturer, based in Toronto that entered the PV manufacturing business in 2011 and expanded the business into Thailand in the second quarter of 2015. The fully ramped, semi-automated production lines are located in the Laem Chabang Industrial Estate in Thailand, (90 minutes from Bangkok). The company is seeking buyers who are looking to bring capacity online fairly quickly with two purchase options available.
The first option will involve operation of the facilities in their current location, in which the client leases the factory premises, purchase the equipment and operate as an independent company. Some technical assistance can be provided by Celestica during the ramp period, and the company says it is open to other proposals according to client’s needs.
The second option involves purchase of the assets in place with the client then being responsible for de-installation, packing and crating, transportation and re-installation costs.
The Thailand production lines consist of the following:
• (2) Complete (2015) 240 MW (Each) Capacity Solar Panel Manufacturing Lines • (1) Complete (2010) 165 MW Capacity Solar Panel Manufacturing Line • Burkle 2141 VFF Laminator (qty 6) • Burkle 2141—1 SL Light Laminator (qty 4) • Komax Xcell Automation X3 Stringer (qty 8) • Teamtechnik TT1800 Stringer (qty 2) • Teamtechnik TT1200 Stringer (qty 2) • ATN X-Bus Automated Bussing System (qty 3) • Pre-Lamination Pi4 EL Tester (qty 4) • Post Lamination Testing; Burkle Integrated Power, Pi4 EL Tester & Pasan Flasher (qty 3) • $3.0M+ New Spare Parts • $1.0M+ Raw Materials & Consumables • 6 Axis Robot – Kuka & ABB (qty 10) • Automatic String Vision Inspection Station and End of String Cutting Unit • Backsheet Manual Trimming Station (2015), (qty 4) • Weinmann Automation EVA / Backsheet Cutting Machine (qty 5) • Glass Washer with Wet and Dry Option (qty 2) • In-Line Corner Crimping Station (qty 6) • Burkle 20 Opening Buffer (FILO) Conveyor (qty 5) • Plus much-much more…
Each 280 MW production line currently occupies 28,000 square feet, producing 240 MW of panels per year on a 24/7 basis over 350 days of operation at 85 percent utilisation. The factory has various points of automation and it takes about 33 operators to run production on the line producing 1950 modules per day at utilisation. It is capable of handling 60 and 72 cell modules with glass/backsheet or glass/glass configuration. Line 1 is fully capable of producing up to 5bb modules, while line 2 requires a stringer tooling upgrade beyond 4bb. The line also has pre and post lamination EL.
Further information can be obtained from a special brochure published by Celestica.
Additionally, Go-Dove is handling the sale of an additional Canadian production line, also 85 MW capacity. This consists of:
• (1) Complete (2010) 150 MW Capacity Solar Panel Manufacturing Line • Burkle 2135-1 SL Light Laminator (qty 5) • Burkle 2141-1 HV Light Laminator • Teamtechnik TT1200 Stringer including ABB IRB 6640 Robot (qty 6) • ATN A1207-269-Bur Auto Induction Soldering Bussing System • Pre-Lamination Pi4 EL Tester • Post Lamination Testing; Burkle Integrated Tower, Pi4 EL Tester & Pasan Flasher (qty 2) • $1.M+ in New Spare Parts • Burkle 20 Opening Buffer (FILO) Conveyor (qty 3) • Teamtechnik Lay-up Handling with Safety Guarding (qty 2) • Burkle Toothed Belt/Angle Transfer Conveyor (qty 43) • Benteler tecWasher 13/2c Glass Washers • Schmaltz Jumbo Ergo Vacuum Lift, Lifts up to 300kg • Hail impact Test Station with Compressor • Thermotron WS-157-CHM-15-15 Environmental Chamber (qty 4) • Plus much-much more…
Further information on the Canadian production line is again available through an accompanying brochure.
Bidding has already opened (on June 26th) and closes on November 30th, with an award date of 1st December 2017. Prior inspection of the equipment is by appointment only, arranged through John Ward of Go-Dove.