Supply chain visibility is an absolute must for companies in the infrastructure space. As solar panel manufacturing becomes disparate—especially when production capabilities are global—risk and failure rates arise.
Manufacturing in Vietnam has given Boviet Solar USA, a subsidiary of The Powerway Group, a unique lens into automation and risk management through complete supply chain control. Unlike other solar panel manufacturers, where R&D maintains a degree of separation from production, Boviet invests heavily in closed-loop innovation. There are no gaps between ideation, experimentation, and execution. Customer and market feedback reach every stage of development.
New black frame solar panels being introduced outside of Boviet's Vietnam campus.
To ensure the most efficient, visible supply chain, Powerway Group has strategically headquartered its solar panel manufacturing operations in Vietnam. Here are a few reasons why:
- All-inclusive production facilities enable highly automated manufacturing techniques that are conducive to a standard level of quality while saving money on manufacturing costs.
- Complete facilities provide low production costs at a high quality, turning focus to process optimization and product advancement.
- Vietnam is not a U.S. listed Anti-dumping and Countervailing region. No tariffs influence Boviet’s U.S. business, and those cost-savings ultimately trickle down to the buyer.
In the following interview, Jason Luo, Product Manager based in Vietnam, elaborates on Boviet’s approach to innovation and how manufacturing in Vietnam supports those goals.
|Aerial view of Vietnam campus|
What role does manufacturing play in Boviet’s innovation process?
Jason: Manufacturing is the engine that drives Boviet’s innovation. It transforms laboratory research into new products and production processes that generate profits and make the world a better place.
As engineers and manufacturers develop new technologies, they build the capabilities to extend and innovate in new fields. Those innovations give manufacturers the performance or cost edge they need to compete in a crowded international marketplace.
We have purchased new and advanced equipment, and we pay great attention to the energy saving and environmental protection during the whole production and logistics process.
What makes Boviet’s manufacturing facility different from those of other leading solar panel companies?
Jason: We adopt the world’s most advanced automatic production line and experienced management team to achieve scale manufacturing. Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd has 700MW annual production capacity for both solar cell and module. In 2016, Boviet was the largest integrated PV panel manufacturer in Vietnam.
Our manufacturing process blends automation with human creativity across R&D, production, marketing, quality control and inspection across facilities in Germany, Spain, Japan, and China. This enables the company to expand manufacturing capabilities at a rapid pace, by upgrading the production line. For example, we’ve advanced the Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) process, meaning that we’ve improved the flow of electrons in solar cell modules. The goal is to continuously iterate and improve upon module efficiency.
Vietnam is a country that is well-entwined within global supply chain systems. Raw materials and product sales are already globalized. We use the SAP system and establish cooperative relationships with our suppliers. We have the safety of raw-material and product in stock to guarantee timely delivery and keep up with production demands. At the same time, we are able to provide customization options for our customers.
Our production facility reduces pollution by minimizing natural resource use. We recycle and reuse what was considered waste, thereby reducing emissions.
How does owning the manufacturing facility improve financing options for commercial customers?
Jason: We are able to provide a higher level of quality, production stability, and customization to our clients. We have purchased new and advanced equipment, and we pay great attention to the energy saving and environmental protection during the whole production and logistics process. With predictability in our costs and workflows, we can enhance our customers’ financing capabilities.
This enables us to control our own process for employee recruitment and training.
We invest heavily in employee training to ensure that every manufacturing employee has the opportunity to propose quality and deliver upon product quality improvements. More than 95% of employees are local workers who influence local culture through training and guidance.
We embrace simplicity and diversity and we believe great, world-changing ideas can come from anyone, anywhere in our organization. Owning our own facility gives us the freedom and flexibility to innovate.
Our long-term goal is to take the lead in the development of the solar industry and to promote the scientific and technological progress of the times and in the meantime to establish a world premium brand, Boviet Solar USA.
Manufacturing is the engine that drives Boviet’s innovation. It transforms laboratory research into new products and production processes that generate profits and make the world a better place. As engineers and manufacturers develop new technologies, they build the capabilities to extend into and innovate in new fields. Those innovations give manufacturers the performance or cost edge they need to compete in a crowded international marketplace.
A fully automated production line and modern management values result in the development of new technologies simpler.
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