Japan's Toshiba, which will supply the solar panels for the Space Systems-Loral-built CD Radio digital audio broadcasting satellites to be launched in 1999 under a ´2 billion ($16 million) contract, is to invest over ´1 billion by 2000 in a new solar-array manufacturing plant in Kawasaki. The company has supplied solar arrays to US companies since 1982, and annual sales for its commercial satellite business are expected to reach ´10 billion in 2000.

Source: Flight International