The Association of German Machinery and Plant e.V. (VDMA) first quarterly statistics for 2009 show that the sales turnover of the manufacturers of equipment, machinery and plants for the PV industry in Germany has exceeded the results in the same quarter for 2008, by 60% according to ‘The A to Z of Materials’.
The export ratio had also risen to 89%, while the incoming orders significantly increased by 34% compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.
For the second quarter of 2009 it is expected that there will be yet another turnover growth of 9%. The orders on hand remain at a high level with the range of orders only slightly down to 10.2 production months.
These results allude to the fact that long-term potential of photovoltaics is unquestionable. The rapid price decline makes PV products more attractive for an increasing number of clients.
“Successful machine makers continue to develop their technology portfolio at high speed. 2009 is a good year for that”, says Dr. Eric Maiser, director of the photovoltaic equipment forum within VDMA.