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German PV equipment makers report revenue rise for 2016

German PV equipment providers were able to increase their sales by 20% in the past year. Demand for solar production equipment, however, is slowing.

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Amtech posts revenue growth in Q2 of fiscal 2017

The U.S. supplier of automation systems for the PV industry also saw order intake and quarter-end backlog increase in the latest quarter. All of the company’s segments contributed to the turnover growth registered in this period.

LPKF sees 65% YoY revenue increase in Q1

German laser specialist LPKF has made a good start to 2017, with especially strong performance from its solar equipment segment, which saw a revenue increase by 71% compared with the same period for the previous year.

Manz posts positive operating result in Q1 2017

The German equipment provider reports an operating profit of €20 million for the first quarter of this year.

Manz sets up CIGS joint venture with Chinese partners

The German PV equipment provider will partner with Shanghai Electric Group and Shenhua Group to further develop the CIGS technology. NICE PV Research has already started R&D activities.

NPC Incorporated swings to profit in first half of fiscal year ending 8/2017

The Japanese equipment provider reported a profit of JPY 151 million ($1.3 million) for the first half of the current fiscal year. Revenue grew 231.3% year-on-year to JPY 2,227 million ($20.0 million).

Manz reports stable turnover and improved results

Although the CIGS equipment manufacturer reported a negative Ebit of €35.9 million, this was improved considerably from the previous year. In 2017, the company aims to increase turnover significantily and to be back in the black.

Centrotherm’s order intake rose 55% in 2016

The German PV equipment manufacturer saw its order intake grow by 55% to €141.8 million (US$152.3 million) last year. The solar division was able to increase its turnover by 31%.

Meyer Burger keeps working on turnaround plan

The Swiss equipment provider saw its turnover increase significantly in 2016. This growth is due to increasing investments in upgrading technologies and capacity expansion in the PV industry.

Asys introduces new metallization line

German equipment supplier Asys today announced the launch of its new dual lane metallization line for crystalline silicon cell production, Alignus 1.5s. The line features a high level of automation, as part of the company’s Industry 4.0 approach, and aims to decrease cell metallization process times.

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