Kyocera Corp. recently announced plans to expand its annual solar module manufacturing capacity to 500 megawatts (MW) by the end of March 2011-more than double its current annual capacity of 240 MW-in response to global demand. The company has secured supply contracts with silicon producers to ensure the steady increase in production capacity. The new raw material contracts will allow the company to expand capacity throughout its quadripartite global manufacturing network for solar modules, which includes plants in Yohkaichi and Ise, Japan; Tijuana, Mexico; Kadan, Czech Republic; and Tianjin, China. Kyocera will invest an estimated 30 billion yen (about $250 million) in plants and equipment throughout this network during the course of the expansion effort.
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