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China relocating assembly abroad to skirt EU duties


About 48 percent of Trina’s shipments last year were to Europe, according to a Feb. 26 presentation posted on the company Web site. Trina said last week the EU tariffs may close access to some European markets.

When it comes to overseas production, maintaining quality levels is key, Zhuang said.

“The cost of labor is not everything that matters,” he said. “People are used to a certain quality for our panels that are made in China.”

Chinese panel-makers may benefit from surging demand at home, where Jinko sees installations reaching 8 gigawatts this year and 10 gigawatts next year 2014, Qian said.

Phono Solar Technology Co (輝倫太陽能), a Chinese state-owned module maker and project developer, expects 10 gigawatts this year and 12 gigawatts next year, the company said last week in Munich.

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