SEMI Releases Worldwide Photovoltaic Equipment Market Statistics Report

Report shows PV equipment book-to-bill ratio dropping below parity for the first time in the past six quarters

SAN JOSE, Calif. – September 21, 2011 – SEMI, the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chain for the micro- and nano-electronics industries, today reported that worldwide photovoltaic manufacturing equipment billings reached $2.03 billion for the quarter ended on June 30, 2011. Billings increased 17 percent quarter-over-quarter, after declining 19 percent in Q1’11. Worldwide bookings, however, extended last quarter’s decline, down 18 percent from the previous quarter to $1.79 billion, reaching a five-quarter low. For the first time in the past six quarters, the book-to-bill ratio dipped below parity to 0.88.

“We are pleased to offer the PV equipment market statistics data to provide our members and the industry-at-large primary market data and to monitor the cyclical trends in the industry,” said Bettina Weiss, executive director of the PV Group at SEMI.  “Photovoltaic equipment billings remain higher than levels a year ago.  However, bookings have dropped significantly consistent with the softening of market demand and the over capacity situation.”

The worldwide PV equipment billings and bookings data is gathered jointly with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) from about 50 global equipment companies that provide data on a quarterly basis.

Equipment Biling Chart Image

Source: SEMI & VDMA, Sept 2011

Today SEMI also announced the release of the Worldwide Photovoltaic Equipment Market Statistics Report, which reports worldwide PV equipment billings and bookings data on a quarterly basis. It is the only PV equipment book-to-bill report based on direct inputs from PV equipment suppliers.

The Worldwide Photovoltaic Equipment Market Statistics Report is available by subscription. Each subscription includes four quarterly reports and each quarterly report includes three parts:

  • Part I: Quarterly Worldwide Billings and Bookings Data Report (Excel)
  • Part II: Highlights and Analysis (PDF)
  • Part III: Billings and Bookings Database (with all historical data starting with 1Q’10, in Excel pivot table format).


Reporting Categories

Market Region

  • Americas
  • Asia
    • China
    • Taiwan
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Rest of Asia
  • Europe
  • Rest of World

Supply Chain Segment

  • Poly/Ingot/Wafer
  • Crystalline Silicon Cell
  • Crystalline Silicon Module
  • Thin Film

Equipment Type

  • Component
  • Single Equipment
  • Equipment Lines

For more information on equipment coverage, reporting categories, data collection methodology, sample report, and how to subscribe, please visit, or contact SEMI customer service at 1.877.746.7788 (toll free in the U.S.) or 1.408.943.6901 (International Callers).


About SEMI and PV Group

SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. The SEMI PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy supply chain. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI maintains offices in Beijing, Bengaluru, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, please visit and

Association Contact

Deborah Geiger/SEMI

Phone: 408.943.7988



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