Ferro Selects Despatch Industries' UltraFlex(TM) Firing Furnace for Advanced Paste Development

Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A. - Despatch Industries, a leading technology and equipment provider for the solar industry, announces that Ferro Corporation has selected the company's UltraFlex(TM) firing furnace for use in the development of their next generation high performance pastes for the solar industry. Ferro is a leading producer and developer of pastes for solar cell manufacturing and is upgrading to the UltraFlex(TM) for its advanced temperature control and infinite profile flexibility.

"Implementing the UltraFlex(TM) gives us the fast firing capacity and strict profile control required for developing our next generation of advanced paste formulas," states Todd Williams, Business Manager, Ferro Electronic Materials. "Our expertise in developing and manufacturing pastes, along with the enhanced performance capabilities of the UltraFlex(TM), will allow our customers to produce higher efficiency cells at lower costs."

The firing furnace is a critical piece of equipment to paste manufacturers. The adjustment of metallization firing profiles to optimize paste formulas is a key component in reaching higher efficiencies. Despatch's UltraFlex(TM) features revolutionary Microzone(TM) technology that enables unlimited profile flexibility, independent of belt speed, and the capacity to adapt to new paste recipes, cell architectures and process parameters.

"The next-generation technology features of the UltraFlex(TM) were specifically designed to enable new paste development and to address the future firing needs of paste manufacturers. The incredible flexibility and precise control that this tool offers will help Ferro take their paste development to the next level of performance and efficiency," states John Farrell, Managing Director of Despatch Solar. "We are very pleased that Ferro chose the UltraFlex(TM) and we look forward to continuing to work with them to bring higher efficiency products to their customers."

Despatch Industries is the global leader in producing innovative, next generation tools and technology for the solar cell manufacturing industry. The company's regional offices and complete global service network allow Despatch to provide local sales and product support to all customers worldwide. Despatch equipment is consistently recognized for exceptional performance and process quality, optimal cell efficiency, maximum uptime and reduced operating costs.

For more information on Despatch visit our website: www.despatch.com

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