A joint initiative of members of the EU solar cell and panel manufacturing industry is requesting the European Commission to investigate whether Chinese competitors dumped PV products at below-market rates on regional markets. The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) emphasized that it favours an international “free market PV economy”. The IPVEA has reviewed the statements from like-minded trade associations and has concluded that they generally are also against the imposition of any punitive tariffs.
“It is essential for the PV industry to foster a globally independent and competitive PV industry than to support measures that complicate the access to any of its core markets,” states Bryan Ekus, managing director of IPVEA.
Representing manufacturers and suppliers of PV fabrication equipment and related raw materials, IPVEA is interested in collaborating with other associations to make a joint industry statement rather than having separate declarations. The IPVEA will discuss this position and further measures during the 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition taking place from September 24 to 28, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany and invites like-minded trade associations to come together to lay out a common industry statement.
Germany’s environment minister Peter Altmaier said on July 19 that the country would support the commission should it start an anti-dumping probe. Since July 26 when the EU ProSun initiative filed the complaint, the European Commission has 45 days to decide whether it will start an investigation.