An Early Look at the Exhibitors List for PVJapan 2008


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An Early Look at the Exhibitors List for PVJapan 2008

For any new event, establishing core support among the target audience is both a hurdle, and in a sense, a milestone on the way to success. Since the start of exhibitor recruitment at the end of September, PVJapan—a new, comprehensive photovoltaics event launched by SEMI and Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA)—has been steadily gaining core support from major solar firms in Asia, Europe and North America. More and more companies are considering exhibits at PVJapan as a way to make inroads in the Japan solar market.

Anchor Exhibitors include SEMI and JPEA Members

Both SEMI and JPEA members are among the companies confirmed as anchor exhibitors at PVJapan 2008. As of the end of December 2007, nearly all of the world’s major cell/module manufacturers will exhibit, including:

  • Kaneka Corporation
  • Kyocera Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Q-Cells AG
  • SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation

Joining the top cell/module manufacturers will be top equipment and materials suppliers such as Air Liquid Japan, DuPont, ULVAC Technologies and many more. Because Japan leads the world in production, and needs the world’s leading suppliers to maintain this position, PVJapan will provide exhibitors and attendees the unprecedented opportunity to build the contacts and relationships that will shape the future of the global PV industry.

“SEMI + JPEA” Means Value for Exhibitors

The number of solar power events worldwide is increasing, prompting some to ask whether there are in fact too many. At SEMI, our goal is to serve our members and they have expressed a desire for SEMI to help rationalize PV events worldwide. Our strategy for accomplishing this is to integrate PV content into existing SEMICON events, produce highly-focused, unique events that bring buyers and sellers together to address critical business issues (i.e. Fab Managers Forums, SEMI International Standards events), and collaborate with key solar energy organizations around the world.

At PVJapan 2008, the collaboration between SEMI and JPEA allows the entire solar energy supply chain in Japan to address commercial, technological, financial, political and other needs in a single, major event. No other event serves both the major manufacturers represented by JPEA membership (who represent the largest buying power in the PV industry) and the PV equipment, materials and component suppliers from SEMI. The collaboration of SEMI and JPEA gives exhibitors exposure to the membership and strengths of both organizations: The tradeshow benefits from SEMI’s experience running the SEMICON shows; and JPEA brings a well-established technology symposium, the 25th JPEA Symposium on Photovoltaic Generating Systems. Also, unlike with a purely commercial endeavor, exhibiting at PVJapan helps fund initiatives that benefit SEMI and JPEA members and the solar industry as a whole.

Join the Industry Leaders

To find out how your company can join the increasing number of industry leaders who are choosing to exhibit at Japan’s newest solar event, visit the PVJapan website at www.pvjapan.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

PVJapan 2008 is one of a number of initiatives through which SEMI is supporting SEMI members in the photovoltaics industry worldwide. To learn more about such initiatives visit the new PVGroup website at www.pvgroup.org. PVGroup is a SEMI special interest group dedicated to serving the PV manufacturing supply chain.