Applied Materials Hosts US Senators at China Solar Technology Center
Ten U.S. Senators recently visited Applied Materials' Solar Technology Center in Xi’an, China. The delegation’s mission was to learn more about renewable energy markets, manufacturing and projects in China as well as to observe U.S. investment in China.
The delegation included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
Applied Materials executives, Dr. Mark Pinto, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Energy and Environmental Solutions and Dr. Gang Zou, Vice President and General Manager of the Xi’an Site hosted the visit, which included a presentation on Applied Materials’ business, research and development at the Xi’an site, and tour of the world’s most advanced solar R&D center.
The delegation was particularly impressed by the size of the facility, the pilot manufacturing line and the advanced technical work being done there and were focused on ways to promote policies to increase solar manufacturing and R&D in the U.S.
"The United States must step up its efforts on renewable energy...for global leadership," said Senator Reid upon his return from the trip to China.