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centrotherm wins its largest order to date in Semiconductor segment

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Blaubeuren (euro adhoc) - March 27, 2013 -  centrotherm thermal solutions GmbH
has won the largest order to date in its company's history with the delivery of
production systems to manufacture power semiconductors to Chinese company
Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd., (TEG). TEG ordered a total of four
horizontal furnaces and one vertical furnace for the thermal treatment of power
semiconductors from the technology and process provider based in Swabia,
Germany. These semiconductors are utilized in components for the electronic
management of high-speed trains and signaling systems, which TEG supplies to its
parent company CSR Corporation Limited, one of China's two largest railway
companies. The order volume for centrotherm thermal solutions, a company wholly
owned by centrotherm photovoltaics AG and which will soon merge with the AG as
part of the centrotherm Group's restructuring, amounts to a high single-digit
figure in millions of euros.

centrotherm won out against competitors primarily with its integrated handling
system which enables fully automatic semiconductor processing after one loading
with several charges. As the only provider of such a handling system,
centrotherm delivers its customers a significant advantage through time and cost
savings, while offering tried-and-tested process stability and security at the
same time. The vertical furnace Verticoo mini proved persuasive to TEG with
regard to processing extremely thin wafers. centrotherm thermal solutions
delivered high-temperature furnaces for the thermal treatment of silicon carbide
wafers to its customer TEG at the end of 2012. These are utilized in inverters
for wind power and solar plants, among other applications.

centrotherm thermal solutions presented its portfolio of products and services
at the SEMICON China trade fair last week. Besides horizontal furnaces with
fully automated handling systems, other centrotherm products such as the
Activator150 and Oxidator150 for the high-growth market for silicon carbide
applications formed the focus of the trade fair presence. "Many existing
customers who have used our process solutions to conduct research and
development to date are now entering mass production with this step. We are
currently engaged in contractual negotiations with this customer base,"
commented Hans Reichart, Technical Director at the Semiconductor Segment. New
centrotherm single wafer processing systems were also presented: the
c.PLASMOXLT, whose applications include producing memories and logic blocks for
flashcards or RAM modules for computers, and the c.RAPID200, whose applications
include manufacturing logic blocks for the automotive industry.

About centrotherm photovoltaics AG
centrotherm photovoltaics AG is a globally leading provider of technology and
production solutions to the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries. Our core
competence consists of the thermal processing and coating of wafers as applied
in the manufacturing of crystalline solar cells and power semiconductors, as
well as in microelectronics.

Further inquiry note:
Nathalie Albrecht
Manager Public and Investor Relations
Tel: +49 7344 918-6304
E-mail: presse@centrotherm.de

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company:     centrotherm photovoltaics AG
             Johannes-Schmid-Str. 8
             D-89143 Blaubeuren
phone:       +49 (0)7344 918-0
FAX:         +49 (0) 7344 918-8388
mail:     info@centrotherm.de
WWW:      http://www.centrotherm.de
sector:      Energy
ISIN:        DE000A0JMMN2
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             regulated dealing/general standard: Frankfurt 
language:   English

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