Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Temporary Production Stop at Elkem Solar

Due to the difficult market conditions in the solar market, Elkem Solar will stop production in Kristiansand temporarily. Employees at the Elkem Solar plant in Kristiansand will be affected by temporary layoffs.

"I understand that this may cause concern among our employees, but Elkem Solar in Kristiansand will continue to play an important role in the solar industry. There is a large overcapacity in the solar sector and the market is in a phase of consolidation, adjusting production to demand. The market for solar power will continue to grow in the future and Elkem Solar has a technology that provides us with a significant competitive advantage over other manufacturers. We will therefore be in a stronger position than our competitors when the market recovers,” says Trond Sæterstad, Senior Vice President Elkem Solar.

In dialogue with the employees 

On Wednesday afternoon, the employees at Elkem Solar were informed that temporary layoffs could not be avoided. The extent of the temporary layoffs will become clear in the next few weeks.

“To minimize the need for temporary layoffs and to maintain the organisation at Elkem Solar to the greatest extent possible, we have established an apparatus for temporary employment positions of Elkem Solar’s employees in Elkem and Bluestar’s units - both in Norway and abroad,” says Sæterstad.

Senior employee representative Terje Hanssen at the Fiskaa Labour Union says that employee representatives are working closely with management to find good solutions for as many employees as possible through this period.

“It was obviously sad to receive the message on the need for temporary layoffs, but we are engaged in a productive dialogue with Elkem Solar’s management and are satisfied with the process so far," says Hanssen.

Further strengthening its competitive position

Parts of the organization will implement important improvement projects at Elkem Solar in the period of production stoppage.

“In this way we strengthen our competitive position for the future,” says Sæterstad.

Facts about Elkem Solar

  • Established in 2009. Invested NOK 4.5 bn NOK.
  • 225 employees
  • Produces Elkem Solar Silicon (ESS ™), a super-pure silicon for solar cells. In the production of ESS ™ only 25 percent of the energy required in the traditional production of solar silicon is used.
  • Yearly capacity of 6,000 tons
  • Temporarily stops production due to weak market situation
  • Employees will be affected by temporary layoffs

Associated companies:


Related news

Latest news

Introducing SAL R1a Easy Tank

Innovation up to speed – Introducing SAL R1a Easy Tank.

Speed logs for 100 years

This is the story of the Consilium speed logs, helping you navigate for more than 100 years.

IAEA Mission says Research Reactor Operator in Norway is Committed to Safety

A team of eight reactor experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has for one week undergone the safety of the JEEP II research reactor at Kjeller. The expert group concludes that IFE strongly emphasizes s...

New Research Center for Environment-friendly Energy

The new FME center is dedicated to development of materials, components and technology for use of batteries and hydrogen in zero emission transport systems. It will be a special focus on the maritime sector.

The Netherlands re-join the Halden Reactor Project

The Netherlands signed the Halden Agreement on December 1st and will formally become the 20th member country in the Halden Reactor Project (HRP) after the formal acceptance from the Halden Board during their Paris meeting ...

First phase of DNV GL led offshore cable and pipeline operations equipment joint industry project completed

The data analysed during phase 1 has identified and recorded various processes...

The end of the paper chase: DNV GL to roll out electronic certificates across entire fleet

Certificates are published on DNV GL’s customer portal immediately after an onboard survey is completed,

New Integrated Solution Set to Redefine DP Reference Systems

DPS i2 and DPS i4 utilise KONGSBERG's unique motion gyro compass (MGCTM) and motion reference unit (MRUTM) technology.

Servogear service hub in Asia

September 2017, Servogear announce the strengthening of our presence in Asia with the establishment of a service hub in Singapore.