SBI Bulletin recently released a directory of 20 thin film PV manufacturing equipment company profiles which are representative, says the industrial and energy market research publisher, of the leading global equipment manufacturers to the thin film PV industry. Thin Film PV Manufacturing Equipment Global Manufacturer Profiles features product, system and turnkey production line suppliers selected on the basis of their previous and ongoing business activity in the thin film photovoltaic (TFPV) manufacturing equipment market or their potential as major suppliers to future TFPV factories (or "fabs").
"Few equipment manufacturers are exclusively active in the TFPV manufacturing equipment market, but those included in this report all have a leading presence in TFPV related manufacturing," says Emil Salazar, SBI analyst and author of the report. When possible through financial reporting and company disclosures, the profiles provide financial results relating to the solar energy, general PV, and TFPV related business segments of these companies."A selective methodology was employed for these company profiles due to the high number of component, machinery and equipment manufacturers active in the supply chain for TFPV production lines. The leading TFPV manufacturing equipment suppliers by sales volume were selected based upon their representative standing within the industry," Salazar continued.
Additional companies were selected by Salazar as representatives of emerging regional TFPV manufacturing equipment industries worldwide in places such as Eastern Europe and Asia/Pacific. North American component and equipment suppliers provide a thorough representation of global participation within the industry. Data for each company includes corporate background, product portfolio, recent financial performance and company news.
GreenSolar, ULVAC, Tokyo Electron, Apollo Solar Energy Technology and Mirle Automation are among the select group that also represents various product components and equipment required for TFPV production lines. Profiles are included for companies that manufacture components such as laser sources, vacuum equipment energy sources, pumps, vacuum chambers, furnaces and filters as well as engineered equipment pieces such as physical vapor deposition (PVD) equipment, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) equipment, working panel conveyance and handling systems, process automation systems, laser tools, and wet process equipment.