SEMI Releases 1Q’13 Worldwide Photovoltaic Equipment Market Statistics Report

At 0.60 ratio, billings and bookings continue to remain at very low-levels 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 3, 2013 — SEMI today reported the worldwide PV manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for the first quarter of 2013. Worldwide billings declined to $291 million in Q1 2013, a decrease of 41 percent from the prior quarter and 58 percent below the same quarter a year ago. Worldwide bookings for the first quarter dropped to $174 million, 17 percent below Q4 2012 and 71 percent lower than Q1 2012.  At 0.60, the book-to-bill ratio stayed below parity for the eighth consecutive quarter.

Total billings and bookings for 2012 were revised with the Q1 2013 data collection. For the full year 2012 billings were $2.45 billion or a 60 percent decline from 2011 billings of $6.18 billion. Annual bookings in 2012 totaled $1.21 billion, which is 76 percent below 2011 bookings of $4.97 billion.

On the regional basis, equipment sales were dominated by Asia. For the full year of 2012, Asia represented about 80 percent of total billings.

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.


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