Chinese PV Industry Brief: Longi leapfrogs Jinko for first-half module shipments

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Jinko Solar, which shipped more solar modules last year than any other company, according to Taiwanese market data company PV InfoLink, has been toppled from top spot in the first half of this year.

The latest data released by the market research business had Longi Solar, Trina Solar, and JA Solar in the top three slots, with Jinko falling to fourth with Sino-Canadian business Canadian Solar fifth. Korean manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells was sixth on the list, Chinese business Risen seventh, and U.S. firm First Solar eighth, with Chinese concerns Suntech and Chint rounding out the top ten.

While PV InfoLink did not specify individual company shipment volumes, it reported the top ten cornered 70-80% of the global market from January to June by moving 70.5 GW. Among the group, the analyst said, Longi, Trina and JA Solar between them saw shipment volumes rise 80% on the same period of last year. The rest of the pack, according to PV InfoLink, posted anything from a 30% year-on-year rise to a decline in shipments.

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