(Reuters) – Most solar power component makers are coping with lower margins these days because of an industry downturn — but solar inverter makers are suffering less.
Unlike companies that make solar panels and cells, solar inverter makers enjoy some insulation from competition and the weak economy. Their products are complex and harder to make, and prices have stayed relatively stable.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – SolarWorld, Germany’s No.2 solar player by sales, expects anti-dumping complaints to be filed against China’s solar industry and would actively support such action, its chief executive said.
“Based on the facts, we think that such complaints will have to be filed,” Asbeck said, adding he would “welcome” a U.S. trade complaint against China and anti-dumping penalties in the European Union.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Investors in Germany’s DAX will reap much weaker returns this year than predicted just three months ago as analysts slash forecasts on worries that Europe’s debt crisis will crimp profits at some of the world’s strongest companies.
The DAX is now expected to end the year at 6,000, up over 7 percent from Wednesday’s close of 5,578 points but posting a loss of 13 percent for the year, according to the median of 26 strategists polled by Reuters.
* Now sees 2011 sales of 1.5-1.7 billion euros
* Sees year EBIT of 220-300 million euros
* Reports minor recovery in demand for solar inverters
* Shares down 9.5 percent
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FRANKFURT, Sept19 – SMA Solar (S92G.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s biggest
maker of solar inverters, slashed full-year targets only days
after its chief executive called the outlook challenging,
confirming fears the industry bellwether was not immune to
The company said there had been only a minor recovery in
demand since mid-summer, blaming uncertainty on solar incentive
cuts in Germany, the world’s biggest solar market, and fallout
from the euro zone debt crisis.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – E.ON is in talks with China’s wind turbine makers, the chief financial officer of its renewable operations said, adding the German utility may in future source turbines produced in the world’s largest wind market.
“We have been talking to half a dozen manufacturers and are looking in detail at costs and benefits,” Cord Landsmann, chief financial officer of E.ON’s climate and renewables unit, told Reuters in an interview.
BERLIN, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Power generated from solar
modules in Europe may take until the end of the decade to be
competitive vis-à-vis conventional forms of energy, the world’s
biggest solar association said on Monday, adding that point
could be reached sooner in some regions.
Based on a study looking at five major solar markets –
Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Britain — Brussels-based
European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) said
competitiveness could be reached by 2020.
BERLIN, Sept 2 (Reuters) – TV makers put on a brave face at
IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show in Berlin,
reassuring themselves that new products and brisk holiday
business would compensate a weak first six months of the year.
“The TV market need not shrink, it all depends on how
strongly prices will fall,” Rainer Hecker, chairman of the
German consumer electronics association (gfu) said.
BERLIN, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Germany’s renewables industry
needs faster cost cutting to attract investment necessary to
make solar, wind and other forms of alternative power a reliable
part of the energy mix, senior executives said.
The industry, particularly the solar sector, has had to
swallow drastic price cuts over the past two years, and even
Germany’s decision to abandon nuclear power by 2022 in response
to the disaster in Fukushima in March has not changed that trend
in a significant way.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Chinese solar module maker Yingli is unlikely to add production capacity in Europe, the head of its European operations told Reuters, pointing to slowing growth in the region after cuts in subsidies.
“It would be difficult to look at capacity expansion in Europe,” Stuart Brannigan, also a member of Yingli’s management board, said on Monday on the sidelines of the Handelsblatt conference for renewable energy, adding acquiring European solar companies was “probably not on our agenda.”
NEW YORK/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A brutal 2011 has left the solar industry dazed, damaged and on the cusp of a major shakeout of weaker players who are more likely to shut down than be snapped up by their stronger rivals.
Solar subsidy cuts in top markets Italy and Germany prompted a 20 percent drop in the price of solar panels this year, bringing the fast-growing solar industry to a critical tipping point. Even companies that had been stock market heroes find themselves as the walking wounded, struggling to cut costs in a market awash with solar panels.