September 24, 2008 (Pleasanton, CA) – Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. (WWK), the global leader in operational cost modeling for high-tech industries, is proud to announce the continuation of its decade long support of productivity improvements in photovoltaic manufacturing, an industry vital to U.S. national interests for energy independence. WWK has joined with Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and capital equipment to manufacture and test photovoltaic (PV) modules and cells, in a strategic partnership to provide Spire’s clients with an unprecedented view of their production costs and return on investment.
“We offer our customers cost effective solar technology at both the cell and module level,” stated Spire's Chairman and CEO, Roger Little. “By adding Factory Commander® we now have a world-class tool for performing sophisticated business analyses with our customers. Factory Commander® allows Spire to address real world business complexities more accurately and quickly than ever before. In turn, this provides our customers a distinct advantage in getting the most profit from their investments.”
David Jimenez, WWK's President commented, "We are pleased to be working with such a forward-looking firm as Spire. Rapid changes in the solar business, coupled with increased investments, have made the environment too complex for companies to adequately analyze their business opportunities and risks using homegrown spreadsheets. Spire's move to integrate Factory Commander® into their business practices will provide their customers with the most realistic view of projected operating costs and profitability, providing Spire and their clients a distinct competitive advantage.”
Spire Corporation is a global solar company providing turnkey production lines and capital equipment to manufacture photovoltaic cells and modules worldwide. Spire Semiconductor develops and manufactures custom gallium arsenide solar cells and other related products. For corporate or product information, contact Spire Corporation, "The Turnkey Solar Factory Company," at 781-275-6000, or visit www.spirecorp.com.
With more than 3,000 users worldwide, Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. is the largest privately held operational cost management software and consulting company serving technology-dependent and technology-driven organizations. WWK maintains long-term relationships with prominent industry resources including SEMATECH, SELETE, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), and national labs and universities. Its client base includes nearly all of the top 20 semiconductor manufacturers and equipment and materials suppliers as well as leaders in nanotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), thin film record heads, magnetic media, flat panel displays (FPD), and photovoltaics (PV).
In addition to its professional consulting and market research services, WWK’s product line includes TWO COOL® for detailed process step level cost of ownership (COO) and overall equipment efficiency (OEE), PRO COOL® for process flow and test cell costing, Factory Commander® for full factory capacity analysis and activity based costing, and Factory Explorer® for cycle time reduction and WIP planning. Additionally, WWK offers a highly flexible product management software package that helps sales forces eliminate errors in product configuration and quotation processes.
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