Company officials boast acquisition of German facility

SolarWorld has improved its position in the global market, including the future of its Hillsboro manufacturing plan, by taking over much of Bosch Solar Energy, company officials have reported.

Acquiring Bosch’s facilities in Germany pushes Solarworld manufacturing capacity to new levels, allowing it to better compete against large government-backed plants in China.

Solarworld’s representatives have blamed illegal dumping of Chinese-made solar products for forcing other manufacturers out of business.

“Thanks to our technology leadership, our product reliability and quality — and now the expansion of our production capacities — SolarWorld is weathering the industrial wreckage that continues to accompany China’s green-energy mercantilism,” said Mukesh Dulani, president of Hillsboro-based SolarWorld Industries America Inc. “Meantime, the value of SolarWorld’s high product and production standards to back solar solutions guaranteed to perform for decades is becoming increasingly clear within our markets.”

Solarworld will acquire Bosch’s assets, including about 800 employees, as it finalizes a restructuring process that has lasted most of 2013.

SolarWorld won U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy trade cases against China’s state-sponsored industry earlier this year, but company officials contend Chinese companies are using a loophole to continue illegal trade practices.

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