Fab Managers Convene to Address Critical Issues at Upcoming PV Forum in Berlin

BERLIN, GermanyFebruary 14, 2011 — Leading PV manufacturers are getting ready to face their challenges head on at the fifth PV Fab Managers Forum in Berlin, Germany from March 20-22. Hosted by the CTM Group (crystalline cell technology and manufacturing group) and the SEMI PV Group, the forum focuses on improving customer-supplier relations across the entire PV supply chain. The PV Fab Managers Forum is unique because it is the premier collaborative event where critical supply chain and manufacturing issues, including roadmaps and standards, get addressed.

Fab managers and equipment suppliers seek solutions to PV manufacturing issues, understand the critical drivers to initiate long-term PV growth and discover the common denominators for PV in terms of a long-term roadmap (www.itrpv.net) comparable to Moore’s law. The forum offers attendees the opportunity to address key issues, with input from the CTM group, which includes: Blue Chip Energy, Bosch Solar, Q-Cells, Schott Solar, Solarworld, Solland, Sovello and Sunways.

The PV Fab Managers Forum 2011 keynotes include:

  • Izumi Kaizuka (RTS Corp.) on “R&D Status and Manufacturing Strategies of Asian Manufacturers”
  • John West (VLSI Research) on “Status of the Global Equipment and Materials Market for PV”
  • Henning Wicht (iSuppli Deutschland) on “Global Cell Technology Landscape & Direction — The PV Industry and the Solar Markets in 2011 to 2015”
  • Axel Metz (SCHOTT Solar) on “Status of the PV Technology Roadmap”
  • James Amano (SEMI) on “PV Standardization Overview and Status”

The second day features presentations on “PV Technology Challenges” focusing on key issues such as: Wafer Handling; Equipment Integration and Manufacturing Control and Automation; Wafer Marking and Traceability; Equipment and Line comparison (Cost of Ownership); and Cell Parametrics Specification.

The forum includes three panel discussions:

  • “Roadmap to Advance Crystalline Cell Technology” with chairman Peter Wawer (Q-Cells) and panelists from Centrotherm, Solarworld Innovations, KLA-Tencor, Pillar, and others;
  • “Main Challenges in Module Manufacturing” with chairman Karl-Heinz Remmers (Solarpraxis AG) and panelists from Bosch Solar, Kuka Robotics, Solland Solar and others
  • “Thin Film Status, Applications and Competitiveness of Different Thin Film Technologies” with chairman Markus Hoehner (EuPD Research) and panelists from Wuerth Elektronik Research, Oerlikon Solar and others.

The PV Fab Managers Forum also includes company visits in and around Berlin, including a visit to Photoltaik Institut Berlin.

Forum attendees include fab managers, equipment suppliers, executives and business leaders from the PV industry, lead engineers from module manufacturers, as well as experts from the PV industry, research and academic organizations. Event sponsors include: DAS Environmental Expert GmbH, Edwards, Linde Group, and Schenker AG.

To register or learn more about participating in this unique event, visit: PV Fab Manager’s Forum.

About SEMI and PV Group

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy manufacturing supply chain. Members provide manufacturing equipment, materials, cells, modules, sub-systems, and components to the solar energy industry worldwide. Our 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 www.pvgroup.org

Association Contacts

Stephan Raithel
SEMI PV Group Europe
Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49.30.303080770
Email: sraithel@semi.org

Deborah Geiger

SEMI Headquarters

San Jose, California
Tel: 1.408.943.7988
Email: dgeiger@semi.org


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