Backend PV equipment orders at Manz Automation that total over 500MW in equivalent output are primarily responsible for the tool supplier’s order backlog now exceeding €100 million. Manz said that a total of nine backend lines had been ordered. This is also the first time in over a year that Manz has reported a backlog above the €100 million mark.
Manz noted that its high-precision printer, HAP 2400, combined with the OneStep selective emitter technology was proving to be a popular system within complete backend line orders, especially from customers in Germany, China, South Korea and India.
The combination of these technologies in backend lines is claimed by the company to increase the effectiveness of crystalline cells by up to 0.5%.
Interestingly, the company noted several new orders for thin-film equipment, a sector that was slow to recover compared to the crystalline manufacturing market. Manz said that it had also received new thin-film orders with a volume of around €8 million from customers in Germany and the U.S. In particular, second-generation laser scribing machines and equipment for factory automation had been ordered.
“We are currently seeing a significant revitalization in the thin-film segment, and are expecting growing dynamism in all of our market segments for the second half of the year,” noted Dieter Manz, Manz Automation’s CEO. “That means that our hopes of exceeding our operating and financial targets in the current fiscal year are growing – especially supported by the excellent development of the FPD segment in first half of 2010.”
A revival in orders for thin-film technology is expected to further improve in the second-half of the year, the company said.