SEMI Releases Third Quarter 2012 Worldwide Photovoltaic Equipment Market Statistics Report

At 0.38, Book-to-bill Ratio Improves due to Lower Billings and Flat Bookings

SAN JOSE, Calif. — January 10, 2013 — SEMI today reported the worldwide PV manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for the third quarter of 2012. Worldwide booking remained essentially flat in the third quarter when compared to the previous quarter.  The $234 million in bookings is 56 percent below the third quarter of 2011.  Worldwide billings declined to $609 million, down 13 percent from the previous quarter and 60 percent below the same quarter one year ago.  While the book-to-bill ratio remained below parity for the sixth consecutive quarter, the ratio did improve to 0.38 given the flat bookings and the decline in billings.

Jan 2013 PV Book to Bill Chart

Source: Worldwide PV Equipment Market Statistics Report, January 2013

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 primary data on a quarterly basis.

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

  • Quarterly Worldwide Billings and Bookings Data Report (Excel)
  • Highlights and Analysis (PDF)
  • 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).

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Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Phone: 408.943.7988

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