SolarWorld AG is acquiring Bosch Solar Energy’s cell and manufacturing business in Arnstadt, Germany. SolarWorld will operate major sites concentrating on three product categories: poly-crystalline cells and modules in Freiberg, Germany, mono-crystalline cells and modules in Arnstadt and high-wattage cells and modules in Hillsboro, Ore., the company’s hub for the Americas.
In addition to acquiring Bosch’s solar assets, SolarWorld will pick up about 800 employees.
The announcement comes as SolarWorld prepares to finalize a debt- and organization-restructuring process that has spanned 2013. The newly formed SolarWorld Industries-Thüringen GmbGH will operate the Arnstadt facilities.