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Intel‚??s Technical Manufacturing Services practice to ramp MiaSole‚??s CIGS thin-film plant

26 April 2011 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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"The engagement is part of Intel's broader strategy to partner promising high tech innovation with Intel's world class manufacturing and Copy Exactly! Methodology,” noted Brian Krzanich, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Manufacturing and Supply Chain. “This will enable companies like MiaSole to scale to high volume manufacturing cheaper, faster, and better."

“The best technology manufacturer on the planet is now teaching us what it means to be world-class.  This contribution will strengthen our goals to achieve manufacturing scale at our California factory this year," commented Dr. Joseph Laia, CEO of MiaSole.

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