The global PV equipment market is certainly not bouncing back to life, but it does appear as if the bottom was reached in 2013. However, there were few signs of a return to boom times in the latest quarterly figures from SEMI with both bookings and billings declining from Q2 2014.
In a positive sign, both billings and bookings were up on a year-on-year basis, registering growth of 36% and 71% respectively on the 2013 doldrums.
The solar equipment supply market remains below book-to-bill parity at 0.60.
Geographically, the European market showed some signs of life, with billings increasing in Q3. However, Asia remains by far the biggest equipment market, with 80% of billings for the quarter.
pv magazine begins its comprehensive series of equipment overviews in the January 2015 edition. In January, the equipment overview with have a materials focus, featuring the latest data from EVA and backsheet providers.