SEMI PV Group, VDMA Report On PV Manufacturing Equipment Trends


SEMI PV Group and VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau), the German engineering federation, have released a new quarterly Worldwide Photovoltaics (PV) Equipment Market Statistics report, a book-to-bill report based on direct inputs from PV equipment manufacturers around the world.

According to the report, both bookings and billings have increased in all quarters of 2010. ‘Sales in Q4 were twice as high as in Q1,’ says Dr. Eric Maiser, managing director of VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment. ‘Newly received orders have been well above sales throughout the year.’

‘With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.13, the industry is still in expansion mode, despite markets becoming more volatile,’ adds Bettina Weiss, executive director of SEMI PV Group. ‘Equipment manufacturers are doing very well.’Â

Asia is, by far, the biggest contributor to PV equipment sales, with close to an 80% share, the report adds. Detailed information on bookings and billings will be available to program participants.

The report is scheduled to be made available for purchase later this year, once six quarters of equipment sales information have been accumulated.

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