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Top 10 solar players
VLSI RESEARCH INC has announced the
ranking of the top 10 suppliers of PV
manufacturing equipment worldwide for
2008. Applied Materials goes straight to
the number one spot in their first full year
with revenues falling just short of $800M
related to its equipment for manufacturing
crystalline solar cells as well as integrated
thin film solar production lines. Oerlikon
Solar, the largest supplier of turnkey
silicon thin film module lines in 2008,
came in second place, GT Solar
International, a supplier of turnkey
solutions for polysilicon, wafer, cell, and
module manufacturing equipment,
followed closely. Rounding out the top 5
with revenues in excess of $500M were
Gebr. Schmid and centrotherm
photovoltaics AG.
The PV capital equipment industry is The revenues of the companies with non-
“The top 10 list is dominated by European complex and suppliers offer a wide range calendar year based fiscal years are
companies with seven based in Europe. of solutions. During 2008, the global adjusted to reflect 2008 calendar year
Applied Materials and GT Solar are photovoltaic equipment industry went revenues. Some of the revenues are
headquartered in the United States and through rapid growth and shaped into its double counted because they include
Ulvac in Japan,” commented John West, current state. The companies sales from turnkey lines that are then sold
managing director, VLSI Research represented here are the top 10 to end customers. The ranking includes
Europe. “European equipment suppliers companies of over 200 that VLSI tracks revenues for the global polysilicon
got a head start in PV markets through on an on-going basis. material, silicon ingot, silicon wafer, cell
strong European government incentives, This top 10 ranking includes total 2008 and module manufacturing equipment
forcing companies around the world to calendar year worldwide revenues from markets, as well as the service and
play catch-up”, West continued. PV equipment suppliers. support revenues.
German PV sees positive growth again
THE sales turnover of the manufacturers still 16 per cent below the first quarter of this, another factor is the overall volume
Issue III 2009
of equipment, machinery and plants for 2008. However, after the slump in of PV business in the individual
the photovoltaic industry in Germany for incoming orders in the second half of companies themselves.
the first quarter of 2009 has exceeded the 2008 this result is respectable”, says Dr.
respective quarter of last year by 60 per Eric Maiser, director of the photovoltaic The fact is, however, that the long-term
cent. The export ratio rose to 89 per cent. equipment forum within VDMA. potential of photovoltaics is undisputed.
The incoming orders increased by 34 per The rapid price decline makes
cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 will remain a difficult year for the photovoltaic products more attractive for
2008. This is the result of the current entire industry. The participating an increasing number of clients.
quarterly statistics that VDMA carries out companies report a higher risk of Photovoltaic manufacturers currently have
specifically for this industry sector. cancellation or postponement of orders. to bear a severe pressure on both, costs
Moreover, the results show a considerable and innovation.
For the second quarter companies expect spread: value chain effects tend to result
yet another turnover growth of nine per in slightly better business for machinery Only those companies who manage to
cent. The orders on hand remain at a and plant manufacturers than for effectively transform latest technology into
high level, the range of orders only equipment makers. Projects with a longer production will succeed. “This requires
slightly went down to 10.2 production period of implementation require earlier new investments even for already existing
months. “The current oversupply of solar ordering of equipment. Thus, for incoming fabs and will sustain the demand for
modules and financing problems of the orders it is decisive whether the equipment. Therefore, successful
manufacturers slow down the expansion companies supply fabs for the production machine makers continue to develop their
of production capacities. Despite the of solar modules, solar cells, thin-film technology porfolio at high speed. 2009 is
general improvement incoming orders are photovoltaics or polysilicon. On top of a good year for that”, comments Maiser.
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