May 16, 2020

Dolphin Group utilises Epicor ERP to help aid business growth

Epicor
Manufacturing
technology.
Technology
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
The US-based software company, Epicor Software Corporation, has announced that Dolphin Group has begun to utilise its global enterprise resource plannin...

The US-based software company, Epicor Software Corporation, has announced that Dolphin Group has begun to utilise its global enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP.

Dolphin Group, a leading manufacturer of high performance industrial and automotive thermal products in the United Arab Emirates, has started to use Epicor ERP in its seven business units and 11 facilities in the UAE.

Through the venture, Epicor is enabling Dolphin Group’s employees to become more efficient and is allowing for faster and better critical business decisions by breaking down data siloes and easing visibility and transparency across departments.

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Arshid Zab, IT manager at Dolphin Group, said: “Close to 90% of our product offering is built-to-order which means that our ability to deliver the highest quality product to our customers, on time, every time, hinges on having best-in-class manufacturing processes. As such, our number one priority was to find a vendor that offered an industry-specific solution with a strong track record of success in the region. This is what really sets Epicor apart from most other vendors.”

“With Epicor ERP serving as the backbone of our business, I am confident that we will be able to stay true to our core values of adaptability, continuous improvement, entrepreneurship and teamwork, and execute on our ambitious growth strategy.”

As a result of the operational improvements, Dolphin is expected to create new product lines, increase operations and grow its revenue streams.

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Jul 30, 2021

First Solar to Invest US$684mn in Indian Energy Sector

FirstSolar
Energy
Manufacturing
India
Elise Leise
3 min
First Solar will launch an advanced PV manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu to support Indian solar independence

First Solar is about to set up a new photovoltaic (PV) thin-film solar manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. The 3.3GW factory will create 1,000 skilled jobs and is expected to launch its operations in Q3 of 2023. According to the company, India needs 25+ gigawatts of solar energy to be deployed each year for the next nine years. This means that many of First Solar’s Indian clients will jump at the chance to have access to the company’s advanced PV. 

 

Said Mark Widmar, First Solar’s CEO: ‘India is an attractive market for First Solar not simply because our module technology is advantageous in its hot, humid climate. It’s an inherently sustainable market, underpinned by a growing economy and appetite for energy’. 

A Bit of Background 

First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic systems. It uses advanced technology to generate clear, reliable energy around the world. And even though it’s headquartered in the US, the company has invested in storage facilities around the world. It displaced energy requirements for a desalination plant in Australia, launched a source of reliable energy in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE), and deployed over 4.5GW of energy across Europe with its First Solar modules

 

The company is also known for its solar innovation, reporting that it sees gains in efficiency three times faster than multi-crystalline silicon technology. First Solar holds world records in thin-film cell conversion efficiency (22.1%) and module conversion efficiency (18.2%). Finally, it helps its partners develop, finance, design, construct, and operate PV power plants—which is exactly what we’re talking about. 

How Will The Tamil Nadu Plant Work?

Tamil Nadu will use the same manufacturing template as First Solar’s new Ohio factory. According to the Times of India, the factory will combine skilled workers, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communication, and IoT connectivity. In addition, its operations will adhere to First Solar’s Responsible Sourcing Solar Principles, produce modules with a 2.5x lower carbon footprint, and help India become energy-independent. Said Widmar: ‘Our advanced PV module will be made in India, for India’. 

 

After all, we must mention that part of First Solar’s motivation in Tamil Nadu is to ensure that India doesn’t rely on Chinese solar. ‘India stands apart in the decisiveness of its response to China’s strategy of state-subsidised global dominance of the crystalline silicon supply chain’, Widmar explained. ‘That’s precisely the kind of level playing field needed for non-Chinese solar manufacturers to compete on their own merits’. 

 

According to First Solar, India’s model should be a template for like-minded nations. Widmar added: ‘We’re pleased to support the sustainable energy ambitions of a major US ally in the Asia-Pacific region—with American-designed solar technology’. To sum up: Indian solar power is yet the next development in the China-US trade war. Let the PV manufacturing begin. 

 

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