A global supplier of gases and chemicals, Air Products supplies customers in technology, energy, healthcare, and industrial markets. Crucially, it has adapted to serve the PV sector and boasts a massive portfolio of clients worldwide. PES asked Jeff Handelman, General Manager, Photovoltaics, for his global perspective on the industry.PES: PV seems to be developing differently in different regions of the world. What is your outlook for North America?Jeff Handelman: In North America, and especially the US, we are seeing a strong interest in PV, as people continue to investigate alternative energy projects. However, we have not seen the same level of investment as we have in Asia and Europe. I would expect that as credit markets loosen and more of the government stimulus funds make their way into the market; capital investment will pick up. Some recent evidence that points to a strong US market can be seen by the recent announcements by leading crystalline manufacturers about building module assembly facilities. Further upstream manufacturing is sure to follow as the US materialises as a top installation market.As the leading provider of electronic gases and chemicals in the US, Air Products is uniquely positioned to supply the burgeoning US PV industry.