First Solar and Sharp thwart global dominance of Chinese PV suppliers

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    Solarbuzz global supplier rankings: Chinese manufacturers lead the way in seven of the 10 regions. Image: NPD Solarbuzz.

Chinese PV manufacturers are now the leading module suppliers in seven of the world’s 10 top PV regions, shipment figures for the past year reveal.

NPD Solarbuzz’s Module Tracker Quarterly reveals that only First Solar and Sharp are giving the Chinese companies a run for their money, with First Solar dominating in the United States and India, and Sharp leading the rankings in Japan.

Otherwise, the top manufacturers in all other seven regions are the big Chinese names – Yingli, Trina, Canadian Solar and Suntech, despite its well publicised financial problems (see graphic, left).

Within China itself, set to be the world’s largest market for 2013, Chinese manufacturers have an almost universal dominance, with Yingli, Jinko Solar and Haeron Solar supplying 25% of the modules to the Chinese market.

Jinko Solar leads a list of other tier one Chinese manufacturers that Solarbuzz says are gaining market share across the world, among them Renesola, JA Solar and Hanwha SolarOne.

But in the emerging markets of Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Western and Japanese suppliers provided stronger competition to the Chinese manufacturers, including Conergy, Sharp, REC Solar, SolarWorld and Kyocera.

“Many Western PV suppliers are exiting the industry or filing for insolvency,” said NDP Solarbuzz vice president Finlay Colville.

“Therefore, the solar industry has now become dependent on the volume of supply from China to move from a 30GW industry to above 50GW over the next two years. This raises further questions over the effectiveness of domestic protectionism measures being considered within most regions or countries today.”

The figures are based on shipments tracked over the 12 months ending 30 June 2013.

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