10 U.S. Senators recently visited Applied Materials’ Solar TechnologyCenter in Xi’an, China. The delegation’s mission was to learn more about renewable energy markets, manufacturing and projects in China as wellas to observe U.S. investment in China.
The delegation includedSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Assistant Majority LeaderDick 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 andEnvironmental Solutions and Dr. Gang Zou, Vice President and GeneralManager of the Xi’an Site hosted the visit, which included apresentation 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, thepilot manufacturing line and the advanced technical work being donethere and were focused on ways to promote policies to increase solarmanufacturing 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.