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Photovoltech - Solar Cell Manufacturing

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Major sale of complete photovoltaic cell manufacturing lines and R&D facilities, on behalf of Photovoltech, further to the closure of their production plant in Tienen (Belgium)

Online auction including three complete photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing lines, 22 MWp, 60 MWp and 75MWp, to 2010; also research & development process and test and measurement equipment; site utilities; racking; workshop tools; machine spares; office furniture and business equipment. 


For sale as whole lines or individual machines

75 MWp solar cell line (Year 2010) - Schiller Automation tester sorter, Despatch firing furnace, Dubuit Solar screen printing Line, Jonas & Redmann unstacker & intex loader, Jonas & Redmann transfer and cassette buffering system, Jonas & Redmann printer loader/buffer, IMA warehousing system, Rena intex inline texture etching machine, Semco POCl3 diffusion furnace, Develop diffusion boat handling system, Rena inoxside inline edge isolation & PSG etch, Jonas & Redmann sina loader and unloader, Roth & Rau Sina Turbo XL silicon nitride coating system (PECVD), Centrotherm Burner scrubber

60 MWp solar cell line (Twin line Year 2007) - Baccini stacker/unstacker, Stangl batch isotexturing wetbench, Semco POCl3 diffusion furnace, Air Products POCl3 dispensing system, Stangl batch PSG removal wetbench, Manz automation Aton loading unloading station & CRS, Applied Materials Aton SiNx sputtering system, Baccini screen-printing line and tester sorter, Despatch firing furnace, Despatch rapid thermal shock, Innolas laser isolation

22 MWp solar cell line (Year 2003) - Baccini stacker/unstacker, Baccini screen-printing line, Baccini tester sorter, Stangl batch texturing system, R2D diffusion boat loader, Semco POCl3 diffusion furnace, Stangl batch PSG removal system, Manz Aton loading/unloading system, Applied Materials Aton Silicon Nitride coating system (sputtering), RTC firing furnace (IR), Despatch rapid thermal shock system, Innolas laser isolation

NPC-Meier GmbH Automated tabber-stringer for MWT cells (crated & unused 2012)

Also including - R&D test & measurement equipment, R&D process equipment, site utilities, compressors, pumps and filters, D I water treatment plant, waste water recycling plant, chemical storage systems, wafer transport and buffer systems, machine spares, storage racking, fork truck & pallet trucks, workshop machine tools, office furniture & pc's and lots more

Auction notes:
Please note this is also available as a Private Treaty event

The following lots are offered CONDITIONALLY and subject to sellers confirmation, this will give the following options for purchase:

1. Lot 2- complete 75MWp solar cell (line 3)
2. Lots- 3 to 15 inclusive - All equipment listed within solar cell line 3 as lot 2
3. Lot- 17- complete 60 MWp solar cell (line2)
4. Lots- 18 to 41 inclusive - All equipment listed within solar cell line 2 as lot- 17
5. Lot 42- complete 22 MWp solar cell (line 1)
6. Lots 43 to 55 inclusive – All equipment listed within solar cell line 1 as lot 42
7. Lots 135 to 142 Inclusive
8. Lots 203 & 204
9. Lots 230 to 236 Inclusive
A decision on which bids will be successful, will be communicated to the winning bidders within 72 hours of the sale close.

Notice to purchasers:
Buyers premium: 16%
VAT/Tax: 21%
Inspection details: Please note: We are offering 3 standalone preview inspection days they will be conducted on the 4th, 5th and 6th December 2012
All preview inspections will be strictly by appointment only
All visitors will need to show an ID card or passport with their companies information and to be approved and agree to any H&S guildelines for the previews if needed
Please email to arrange your viewing appointment - other site visit inspection dates may be arranged by prior appointment
Payment date: 20 December 2012
Payment type: Wire Transfer
Collection date: 29 January 2013
Additional notes: In addition to the Auctioneer’s Terms and Conditions, all buyers must comply with the safety rules and requirements applicable at the site of Seller.

All collections are strictly by appointment only, for smaller lift and shift items the final collection date will be Tuesday 29th January 2013
For larger items including complete cell lines all collection dates and arrangements must be agreed before hand by Photovoltech and GoIndustry
All collection arrangements will be strictly by appointment only and must be completed without fail by Friday 29th March 2013

We reserve the right to irrevocably remove and dispose of assets which have not been paid or collected within the given deadlines without any reimbursement or further notice.

After full payment the property, risk and title in each lot shall pass to the buyer. - All goods are sold "AS IS, WHERE IS" - see "Specific auction terms & conditions"

Buyers are responsible for removing and shipping their purchased assets.
Please see details below for the two approved removal contractors that will be onsite they will be happy to quote for your dismantling, packing and shipping

Scholpp Montagetechnik GmbH
Außenstelle Kossaer Straße 2 D-04356 Leipzig
David Schott Tel +49(0) 3 41 524 25 70, Fax: +49(0) 3 41 524 25 79, Mobil: +49(0) 178 6379 826


IES Group, 1 Portview Road, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9LS
Christian Malpas at Tel: +44(0) 1179 163684, Fax: +44(0)1179 380900

Please email Robert Pendal for more details on the approved dismantling/shipping companies.

Although information has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, GoIndustry DoveBid make no warranty or guarantee, expressed or implied as to the accuracy of the information contained herein.
Details within this auction are expressly excluded from any sale contract and bidders are strongly advised to effect their own inspection in line with our terms and conditions of sale

Currency: Euro
Auctioneer: GoIndustry (UK) Limited

Specific auction terms & conditions:

By participating in this Online Auction, you consent to be bound by these terms and conditions in addition to our general terms and conditions as well as any additional terms that may be imposed by the seller or announced at the auction, included within the Notice to Purchasers and/or set forth on individual asset lot pages. For the purposes of these terms and conditions, we refer to any person or entity registering to offer or offering to buy goods as a "buyer" regardless of whether any contract of sale is concluded. 

1. Auctioneer's role in Online Auctions

For the purpose of the Online Auctions the relevant GoIndustry DoveBid Group Company named in the Notice to Purchasers or its agent will be the auctioneer and agent for the seller (the "Auctioneer") and will sell goods to a buyer. The Auctioneer may at its discretion or upon the instruction of the seller:

(a) alter or withdraw all or any lots up to the moment at which such lot(s) are indicated as "SOLD" (the "Announcement of Sale");

(b) where a reserve price has been placed on any lot, withdraw that lot in the event that the highest bid price at the end of the Online Auction does not meet the reserve price;

(c) bid for any lot or lots offered for sale at the Online Auction on its own account or on behalf of third parties (including on behalf of sellers but, if on behalf of sellers, not at or in excess of the reserve price); and/or

(d) combine (including in bulk), sub-divide or amend a lot or lots as the Auctioneer deems appropriate.

GoIndustry DoveBid, any GoIndustry DoveBid Group Company or an Associated Auctioneer may participate as sellers in Online Auctions from time to time.

Buyers agree that GoIndustry DoveBid and/or, where applicable, the Auctioneer may at any time and from time to time without notice: (i) discontinue an Online Auction either temporarily or permanently; or (ii) extend an Online Auction beyond the period indicated on the Site.

2. Sale

Unless otherwise indicated, all lots are offered subject to a reserve price, which is the confidential minimum price below which a lot will not be sold. The reserve price may be decreased by the Auctioneer or seller at any time before or during the auction. The reserve price may be decreased to the level of the highest Autobid if that bid is below the current reserve price with the effect that the highest Autobid may be accepted.

Subject to the reserve price (if any) being met, each lot shall be sold to the highest bidder. All sales are final. In the event of any dispute arising between buyers such dispute shall be dealt with in such manner as the Auctioneer may in its absolute discretion determine. The Auctioneer reserves the right to resell any lot in dispute by putting it up for auction again. The Auctioneer reserves the right to rescind any sale for any reason in which case the buyer’s sole remedy shall be the refund of the amount of the purchase price and any Buyer’s Premium actually paid.

The completion of a sale shall be indicated on the Site by showing the item as "SOLD" online - if an Online Auction for a lot closes without the lot being sold, it will show as "CLOSED", if a lot is withdrawn, it will show as “WITHDRAWN".


3. Regulation

Bidding shall be regulated by the Auctioneer in such manner as it may think fit and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the Auctioneer may without ascribing any reason therefore, refuse to accept any bid or may facilitate automatic bids on behalf of buyers during the Online Auction process.

4. Notice to Purchasers

The Site will show a separate Notice to Purchasers for each Online Auction which will stipulate a payment date ("Payment Date") for each lot in an Online Auction and the date by which the goods will have to be removed by the successful buyer ("Clearance Date" or "Removal Date") and certain other terms and conditions which form part of these Terms and Conditions.

5. Buyer's Premium

The buyer will pay to the Auctioneer such premium ("Buyer's Premium") on the Announcement of Sale as stipulated in the Notice to Purchasers for the Online Auction in question to which will be added any applicable value added tax or the equivalent or similar sales taxes in the relevant jurisdiction at the current rate. The Buyer's Premium is not negotiable and is payable by all buyers.

6. Buyer's obligations

(a) Payment

Unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Purchasers for the Online Auction in question, immediately after the Announcement of the Sale, the successful buyer shall pay a 25% deposit towards the purchase price. Where applicable, buyers expressly authorise GoIndustry DoveBid and/or the Auctioneer to charge buyers’ credit cards for the amount of such deposit. If a successful buyer fails to make a timely deposit, the Auctioneer and the seller may resell the item in question without notice. In addition, unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Purchasers, the successful buyer shall pay the full purchase price of the lot (including in addition Buyer's Premium and any value added tax or the equivalent or similar sales taxes) to the Auctioneer on behalf of the seller (in cleared funds) on or before the Payment Date. More information about the applicable taxes may be given in the Notice to Purchasers for the Online Auction in question, however, buyers should seek their own tax advice. The buyer agrees that invoices may be issued in electronic form by email.

Payment shall be made in the currency specified on the relevant Notice to Purchasers. Any bank charges in respect of conversion or transfer of monies shall be met by the buyer. If goods are exported, tax refunds or zero rating may apply, tax refunds (if any) will be made by the Auctioneer, subject to receipt of (i) satisfactory proof of export by the buyer; (ii) the corresponding amount of tax refund from the relevant tax authority or the seller and (iii) the relevant tax forms (if applicable).

(b) Collection/Removal

Unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Purchasers for the Online Auction in question, the buyer will:

(a) remove lots from the seller's premises during normal business hours and not later than the Clearance Date/Removal Date for the lot in question and this condition shall be of the essence of the contract;

(b) only remove lots by previous arrangement with, and subject to the supervision of, the Auctioneer or its agent(s) or appointed representative(s);

(c) not be permitted to remove any lots it has purchased from the seller's premises until all sums due in respect thereof have been paid; and

(d) be responsible for the removal and insurance of the purchased lot(s) at its own expense.

If, in the Auctioneer's opinion, removal of any lot or part thereof will be likely to cause serious damage to the seller's premises, or any other damage which the buyer is either unable or unwilling to rectify, the Auctioneer may by notice to the buyer rescind the sale of such lot or permit the removal thereof from the premises to proceed subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose. GoIndustry DoveBid shall have no responsibility to disconnect utilities to the sold asset, including electric, gas, waste and water lines.

The buyer shall provide, or ensure that their agent(s), the company which will dismantle and/or remove the lot, performing removals on its behalf, provide on demand, evidence of insurance policies reasonably satisfactory to the Auctioneer, GoIndustry DoveBid and/or the Seller.

Should any party claim possession of or title to all or part of a lot prior to its removal from the seller's premises, the Auctioneer reserves the right to rescind the sale thereof or to remove or permit the removal thereof from the seller's premises subject to such conditions as it may think fit to impose.

Should the buyer fail to comply with any of the foregoing requirements the lot or lots which have been subject to an Announcement of Sale to him or any part thereof may, without further notice, be re-offered for sale or otherwise disposed of by the Auctioneer or the seller and any money paid shall be forfeited.

Without prejudice to any claims that the Auctioneer and/or the seller may have against the buyer for breach of contract or otherwise the buyer will become liable from the Clearance Date/Removal Date for all storage, security and administration expenses and the cost of and incidental to re-selling and/or otherwise disposing of uncleared items.

7. Buyer's responsibilities and conduct

The buyer will be responsible for all damage that it, its carriers or its agents, the company which will dismantle and/or remove the lot, may do to the property of any third party (and, in particular, to the seller's premises) in removing the lot(s) it has purchased. Should the Auctioneer consider such damage likely to occur, it may require the buyer to deposit such sum of money with the Auctioneer, by way of security for the costs of reinstating that part of the premises likely to be damaged by the removal of a lot, as the Auctioneer may require. Should the buyer refuse to deposit such money, the Auctioneer may refuse the buyer access to the seller's premises for the purpose of collecting all or any of the lots it has purchased, or rescind the sale of such lot.

By placing a Bid on a lot, the buyer represents, warrants and undertakes that it has the authority and capacity to enter such Bid and close the transaction and that any Bid that it makes constitutes an irrevocable offer to buy the lot in question for the full amount of the Bid.

8. International statutory compliance exclusion

(a) It is expressly brought to the buyer's attention that, at the time of sale, any item of plant, machinery or equipment contained in the lot(s):

may not necessarily comply with the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, Environmental Protection Act 1990 or any other UK and/or EC Acts, Regulations, Directives or their applicable laws or equivalent or similar laws in any relevant jurisdiction or; and

could contain blue or white asbestos, hazardous substances, dangerous chemicals etc. which if not handled correctly during their removal from a site could be in breach of the Health & Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 or any other current legislations covering the use of such substances in a working environment in the UK, the EC, the United States or any other relevant jurisdiction.

(b) The buyer undertakes to:

-remove, ship and use any purchased plant and equipment within the Belgium jurisdiction in a way that does not contravene any relevant legislation and in full compliance with all applicable health and safety standards and regulations;

-comply with all current applicable legislations in any relevant jurisdiction and reasonable instructions by the Auctioneer in relation to the removal/disposal of waste including hazardous waste.

-comply with the seller’s Prevention and Safety Rules which will be communicated before the visits or removal of the Assets in the seller’s premises.

Buyer agrees to comply with all applicable export or import control or related laws or regulations and not to violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation. Buyer acknowledges that the Auctioneer is not the exporter of any asset unless expressly stated. . The Auctioneer and the seller reserve the right to cancel or rescind any sale in an Online Transaction at any time if either of them determines, in its absolute discretion, that the sale does or may violate applicable export or import control or related laws and regulations.

9. Intellectual Property Rights

The buyer acknowledges that any software or intellectual property rights attaching to a lot or lots may not be the property of the seller or capable of transfer by the seller. Neither the seller nor the Auctioneer is in any way authorising the use by the buyer of such software or intellectual property rights and any use of such software or exploitation of such intellectual property rights shall be at the buyer's sole risk.

10. Transfer of risk


Upon the Announcement of Sale the buyer shall assume all risks in and relating to such lots. The buyer is advised to effect in respect of all such risks arising thereafter any insurance it may consider necessary. The duty of the Auctioneer and/or the seller to make lots available shall be deemed performed upon Announcement of Sale even if a lot is subsequently damaged and/or part thereof has been lost.

Property and title in each lot shall not pass to the buyer until:

(a) full payment therefore has been received or (where payment or part payment is made by cheque) until the cheque(s) in question have been cleared; and

(b) each such lot has been removed from the seller's premises in its entirety.

11. As Is


Each of the seller, the Auctioneer and, where applicable, GoIndustry DoveBid has used its reasonable endeavours to ensure that the description of each lot(s) appearing on the Site are accurate, but the buyer relies upon such description at its own risk. Buyers should satisfy themselves prior to the sale as to the condition of the lot and should exercise and rely on their judgment as to whether the lot accords with its description at their own risk.

Subject to the obligations accepted by GoIndustry DoveBid and, where applicable, the Auctioneer under these Terms and Conditions neither the seller nor GoIndustry DoveBid nor, where applicable, the Auctioneer nor any of their respective employees or agents are responsible for errors of description or for the genuineness or authenticity of any lot and no warranty whatever is given by GoIndustry DoveBid or, where applicable, the Auctioneer, or the seller or their respective employees or agents to the buyer in respect of any lot and any express or implied conditions or warranties are hereby excluded to the greatest extent permitted by law.

12. Liability


Where the buyer loads any item of plant, machinery or equipment contained in a lot or lots to remove it from a site, neither the seller nor GoIndustry DoveBid nor, where applicable, the Auctioneer shall be under any liability whatsoever to the buyer or any third party for any damage however so caused by the removal and the buyer shall be responsible for and indemnify the seller and GoIndustry DoveBid and, where applicable, the Auctioneer against any damage or loss which the seller or GoIndustry DoveBid or, where applicable, the Auctioneer may suffer or incur in respect of loss, damage or injury suffered by the buyer's employees or any third party arising from the removal of the plant, machinery or equipment.

The Auctioneer is acting as agent of the seller in an Online Auction and is not responsible for acts and omissions of the seller or any of the seller's principals, officers, directors, employees or other agents.

13. Limitation of liability


Neither seller nor GoIndustry DoveBid nor, where applicable, the Auctioneer shall be liable, in contract, tort or for breach of statutory duty or in any other way for:

1.       any loss arising from or in connection with loss of revenue, profits, contracts or business or failure to realise anticipated savings or profits;

2.       any loss of goodwill or reputation; or

3.       any indirect or consequential losses suffered or incurred by buyer,

arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions and any of the actions or events contemplated within them or deriving from a sale of goods pursuant to them (“Relevant Events”).

The aggregate respective liability of seller or GoIndustry DoveBid in respect of any other loss or damage suffered by a buyer and arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions or arising out of or in any way connected with any Relevant Events, whether in contract, tort or for breach of statutory duty or in any other way, shall not exceed (i) in the case of the seller, the amount of the purchase price paid by the buyer; and (ii) in the case of GoIndustry DoveBid the buyer’s premium paid by the buyer, in each case in respect of the goods which are the subject of the claim.

The Buyer undertakes to defend (by counsel satisfactory to GoIndustry DoveBid) and indemnify GoIndustry DoveBid and seller and hold GoIndustry DoveBid and seller harmless from and against any claim, demand, cause of action, liability or expense (including attorneys' fees and costs) asserted against or incurred by GoIndustry DoveBid, the seller or any third party in connection with the sale, removal, shipment or use of any purchased assets or a breach by the Buyer of these Terms and Conditions.

Nothing in this clause shall limit or exclude liability for death or personal injury resulting from the negligence of seller or GoIndustry DoveBid or their respective employees or agents.

Notwithstanding any contrary provision in these Terms and Conditions, neither the Seller nor GoIndustry DoveBid limits or excludes its liability in respect of fraud or any other statutory or other liability which cannot be excluded under applicable law.

Notwithstanding any contrary provision in these Terms and Conditions, neither the Seller nor GoIndustry DoveBid limits or excludes its liability in respect of fraud, any breach of section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or any other statutory or other liability which cannot be excluded under applicable law.

14. Choice of Law and Venue






Buyer irrevocably consent to any process in any legal action or proceedings arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions or its enforceability being served in accordance with the provisions of these Terms and Conditions relating to the service of notices. Nothing contained in these Terms and Conditions shall affect the right to serve process in any other manner permitted by the laws of the country in which service is to be effected.

If a sale consists of real property in a country outside England and Wales, the buyer and seller and GoIndustry DoveBid agree, at the buyer’s cost, to do all things and execute all contracting deeds, assignments, instruments, transfers and other documents as may be necessary or desirable to give full effect to the transaction in that country.

These Terms and Conditions are drawn up in the English language. If these Terms and Conditions are translated into another language, the English language text prevails.

GoIndustry DoveBid

July 2011

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Location: Tienen, Belgium
Started: 1 Dec 2012 5:00 AM PST
Lots closing from: 12 Dec 2012 5:00 AM PST
Closing Type: Block
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