Photovoltaic equipment manufacturers form association

At a recent meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, a group of photovoltaic suppliers agreed to establish the International Photovoltaic Equipment Association.

The International Photovoltaic Equipment Association (IPVEA) is an independent organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials used in PV ingot, wafer, cell (crystalline and thin film), and panel manufacturing. More than 30 companies from Europe, the USA, and Asia committed themselves directly for the new association. The association's member companies represent the wide spectrum of equipment and materials, including that related to crystal growth, diffusion furnaces, glavanics, laminators, laser systems, materials handling, metallization, printing, process integration, solar simulators, substrate handling, testing, vacuum systems, waste gas abatement, wet chemical systems, and related materials and professional services.

The overall goal of the new association is to provide members with a forum for information, discussion and exchange of ideas, as well as ways to develop business opportunities and strategic partnerships.

The IPVEA President, Hans-Juergen Stangl (CEO of Stangl Semiconductor AG), states, "The new association of photovoltaic equipment suppliers soon will play an important role in the future development of further steps in solar technology and will provide a single voice for the fabrication industry."

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