Second Wave of PV Demand Imminent; PV Fab Managers Forum Offers Collaboration Opportunity

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February 10, 2010

Second Wave of PV Demand Imminent; PV Fab Managers Forum Offers Collaboration Opportunity

Contact: Stephan Raithel/SEMI Europe PV Group; +49.30.3030807712 or

Berlin, Germany -- The second wave of strong photovoltaic (PV) demand is imminent, and PV manufacturers are getting ready to face their challenges head on. That’s why leading PV manufacturers will attend the PV Fab Managers Forum in Berlin, Germany from March 7-9. Hosted by the Fab Managers Group and the SEMI PV Group, the Fab Managers Forum focuses on improving customer-supplier relations across the entire PV supply chain. The forum is unique because attendees will break into technical manufacturing workgroups to address specific challenging issues including: crystalline cell technology, thin-film technology, module manufacturing, and PV standardization.

Fab managers and equipment suppliers alike seek solutions to PV manufacturing issues like the critical drivers to initiate long-term PV growth and the common denominator for PV in terms of a long-term roadmap comparable to Moore’s law. The forum offers attendees the opportunity to address key issues, with input from the Fab Managers Group, which includes: Solarworld, Bosch Solar, Q-Cells, Schott Solar, Solarwatt, Solland, Sovello and Sunways. Attendees can also visit the Adlershof Science and Technology Park with tours of Solon, Sulfurcell and the Helmholtz Institute.

WHO WILL ATTEND: Fab managers, equipment suppliers, executives and business leaders from the PV industry, lead engineers from module manufacturers, as well as anyone in the PV supply chain.


  • Bernhard Dimmler, CTO, Würth
  • Stephan Hansen, managing director , First Solar GmbH
  • Robert Hartung, CEO, Centrotherm
  • Patrick Hofer-Noser, CEO, 3S
  • Roger Little, CEO, Spire Corp.
  • Ralf Luedemann, CEO, SolarWorld Innovations GmbH
  • Nikolaus Meyer, COO, Sulfurcell,
  • Volker Nadenau, CTO, Bosch Solar
  • Lars Podlowski, CTO, Solon SE
  • Silvia Roth, VP, Roth & Rau
  • Ingo Schwirtlich, VP, Schott
  • Peter Wawer, senior VP, Q-Cells
  • Sjouke Zijlstra, CEO, Arise GmbH
  • and many more…

WHAT: PV Fab Managers Forum which offers attendees an opportunity to problem solve critical PV manufacturing issues:

Crystalline Cells – Thin Films – Modules

    1. Critical drivers for PV roadmaps

    2. New technologies for higher efficiency

    3. Mobilizing the potential for further cost reduction inclusive Standards

WHERE: Berlin, Germany

WHEN: March 7-9, 2010

HOW: To register or learn more about participating in this unique event, visit PV Fab Manager’s Forum. To participant in this unique forum, register now and join us.

About SEMI PV Group:

The PV Group is a SEMI special interest group that serves the photovoltaic supply chain. Participating companies provide manufacturing equipment, materials, cells, modules, sub-systems, and components to the solar energy industry worldwide. The PV Group mission is to advance industry growth, support continuous efficiency improvements and promote sustainable business practices through international standards development, events, public policy advocacy, EHS support, market intelligence, and other services. For more information, visit: