What do Michigan and China have in common?  They are both involved in the production of a triple junction amorphous crystalline solar cell. In layman’s terms, solar energy.  These roof-mounted solar cells will generate much more electricity than silicon because of it is lightweight and flexible structure which holds up more efficiently in real-world conditions.

Nearly 90 percent of the materials are made in Michigan, and then sent to China. After being imported, China assembles and keeps the solar cell products. This works for both parties because it helps generate income within the production companies and its workers. This is also aiding China in their quest to implement solar energy as a renewable energy resource. 

Even though the United States excels at entrepreneurship and innovation, manufacturing still might be done somewhere else because of the lower costs.  This is when relationship building comes in handy. Spending time developing a trusting, reliable relationship with China has greatly increased the success of the team making these solar cells. Business professionals, take note, this is important in every part of business, whether domestic or international.

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