SEMI PV Group announces data collection collaboration with Yole Developpement

JANUARY 26, 2009–SAN JOSE, CA–SEMI PV Group has announced the addition of the Photovoltaic (PV) Equipment Data Collection Program to its market research portfolio for members. The program, a partnership between SEMI PV Group and Yole Developpement, will generate a quarterly PV equipment book-to-bill (B:B) report to provide subscribers with global information on the rapidly expanding PV equipment market.

Currently, the PV Group and Yole are recruiting PV equipment manufacturers to take part in the program, and the program will focus on an initial list of suggested categories. In addition to equipment used in the manufacturing of cells and modules, the categories also include equipment used in the manufacturing of ingots, wafers, and polysilicon. Each category will consist of data aggregated from a minimum of three companies. The final category list will be determined by participant interest.

Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI, says, “Because such a large percentage of our members also serve the PV industry, this new data collection program is a logical fit within our existing offerings, ensuring a complete global snapshot of the PV equipment segment.”

“We have long enjoyed a strong relationship with SEMI, and have worked together in the past to provide market information on the MEMS and Nanotechnology programs, so we are pleased to be collaborating on the PV program,” says Jean-Christophe Eloy, founder of Yole Developpement. “I believe this collaboration fills in an obvious gap by providing up to date and accurate information on the PV equipment industry.”

The inaugural report will be issued in May, and will contain bookings and billing data from Q109. Subsequent reports will be issued quarterly in August, November, and February, and will be available for a subscription fee, with a discount for SEMI/PV Group members.

Companies interested in participating in the Worldwide PV Equipment Data Collection Program should contact Dan Tracy at [email protected] or Gaetan Rull at [email protected].

Source: SEMI PV Group



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