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The German firm, Decker, started life as an iron foundry more than a century ago and has moved with the times ever since. In the late 1970s it began to supply etching equipment for the newly-emerging semiconductor industry and as this developed, so did Decker. Over the last 30 years it has created customer-specific equipment for wet- chemical cleaning and etching processes in the semiconductor and PV Industry.{pagebreak}No one could ever accuse the Decker company of not knowing what they’re talking about when it comes to the subject of processing silicon and silicon wafers. After all, they’ve taken 100 years to build up their expertise - starting life as an ironworks - to the point where they are first point of contact for customers who want specific, tailor-made solutions. Decker has profound knowledge in cleaning, etching, recovering and handling, and is also a competent supplier of equipment for the plating and general surface treatment industry. Based in based in Berching, near Nuremburg, the company has more than 50 years experience in wet cleaning and etching equipment for metal parts processing, 30 years experience in cleaning- etching- and handling-equipment for the IT and PV industry and more than 50 years

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Luvata has been established for hundreds of years and has contributed to a host of products, some familiar and some not so well known. In the 1990s Luvata pioneered technology that made automated mass-production of photovoltaic solar panels possible by enabling automatic ribbon soldering. In this revealing Q&A, Justin Roux, Luvata’s Senior Vice President of Communications, explains how the company came into being and what it is doing now to create opportunities for itself in the 21st century.PES: Luvata has a long history under various names. Could you tell us something of it, and what you do now?Justin Roux: Yes, Luvata is proud of its long history!

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Meyer Burger slices into the high-tech sector for success and sustainabilityMeyer Burger is a leading supplier of high-precision machines with wire saws, band saws and ID / OD slicing systems for cutting hard and brittle materials such as silicon, sapphire or other crystals into wafers, prisms and other shapes. The company’s offering includes various models of high-precision machines, spare parts, wear and tear parts, consumables, regrooving service, process know-how, support, training and other services. Meyer Burger’s machines, skills and technologies are mainly used in the solar industry, the semiconductor industry and in the optical industry. {pagebreak}As a company that is active on a global level, Meyer Burger has its headquarters in Switzerland, subsidiaries in China and Japan and service centres in Germany and the Philippines, which all are represented by its own staff on-site. Werner Buchholz, Meyer Burger’s Corporate Communications Manager, talks about the company’s recent achievements and looks into the future for his sector..

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It’s boom time for the photovoltaic sector and firms are increasingly finding that demand outstrips supply. This is the experience of Swiss–based Multi–Contact, who are working hard to beat the bottlenecks and ensuring their customers are being satisfactorily serviced.The global increase in the demand for electric power and the trend towards resource–saving energy production are creating a boom in the photovoltaic sector. Experts and organisations are in agreement that this boom will continue. Studies indicate that in five years' time the market for PV products will be many times larger than it is today. {pagebreak} Although this is fundamentally good news for our industry and for the environment, one consequence is that demand for PV products exceeds supply and Multi–Contact is constantly having to contend with bottlenecks in the delivery of PV connectors despite having enormously increased their capacity in the past year.Multi–Contact is making every effort to deliver punctually to their customers. The company has taken a number of further measures to eliminate bottlenecks as quickly as possible:

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By ramping up production capacity while driving down unit cost through new mass-production technologies and strategies, solar power is poised to reach a much wider market.KUKA Systems' goal is to pioneer automated manufacturing solutions, including robotized cells and integrated production lines that can be adapted to any type of solar-cell technology, so that a labour-intensive industry with niche appeal can take a much larger place in the broader electricity marketplace.{pagebreak}Solar power (photovoltaics/PV) is about to fulfil its promise as the most viable commercial energy source. As capture efficiency improves and installation costs decline, every house, office and institution worldwide will have the opportunity to be energy self-sufficient with a much faster payback on investment than the industry has been able to offer to date. Germany has the world's largest and fastest growing PV market, gaining a further 1.5 GW of PV capacity in 2007. Now, German-based international supplier KUKA S-Tec, a business unit of KUKA Systems GmbH, plans to become a key enabler in driving the proliferation of solar power.

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Trina Solar to participate as a speaker at the International Congress on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources in BulgariaBarcelona, 31st March 2008The international manufacturer of solar modules Trina Solar will be participating as a speaker on the fourth edition of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources conference which will be held from 7th to 10th April in Sofia, Bulgaria.{pagebreak}Mr. Arturo Herrero, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing of Trina Solar, will be doing a speech on the competitive advantages that an integrated business model offers in the PV sector. This kind of business model means that the company manufactures in its own facilities the whole production chain from the ingots, to the wafers, cells and modules.Participating in this congress is an important opportunity for Trina Solar, since it will allow the company to establish some first contacts in this emerging market and to continue extending its presence in Europe, where the company already counts with positive brand recognition.For further information on this congress, please check the event's website: http://www.viaexpo.com/congress-ee-vei/eng/congress.php

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Testing PV cells WACOM is a light source and lighting device specialist and one of the world's leading solar simulator manufacturers.WACOM's Lighting Device Division has provided Solar Simulator and I-V Measurement Systems for more than 20 years to almost all Japan's PV makers as well as many of the main PV research institutions in Europe. The company has developed cutting-edge technology by responding to these high-profile customers' requirements. WACOM has also been awarded ISO9001 Certificate Registration.{pagebreak}The Solar Simulator radiates artificial light that is similar to sunshine. Applying this artificial light to PV cells and other samples, means the solar cells can be easily evaluated and measured. The WACOM system uses an air cooling xenon lamp as a light source, which radiates light that is very similar to sunlight by using a special optical filter, meaning the light is uniform. This device is highly reliable with a 20-year performance.WACOM has a wide range of products from small to large irradiation, from PV cell applications to PV modules, including Continuous Light Solar Simulator for PV cells from 50mm x 50mm to 450mm x 450mm and Long Pulse (80-800msec) Solar Simulator for PV modules up to 1.6m x 1.2m irradiation area.

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With growth in the photovoltaic industry gathering speed, new players are claiming their stake in the market. And the only way to keep ahead of the game, says Max Göldi, Industrial Product Unit Manager for Huber+Suhner, is to offer faultless performance, value for money and unbeatable customer care.{pagebreak}PES: Can you explain a little about your company and what you offer the renewable energy industry? Max Göldi: The Huber+Suhner Group is a leading global supplier of components and systems for electrical and optical connectivity to the communications, transport and industrial markets. One of our core competences is material, connector and cable technology.More than 20 years ago Huber+Suhner developed the first cable for PV solar installations. Thanks to its high quality and long-term performance, RADOX became a widely respected brand name. Today, we offer high-quality module-to-inverter connectivity solutions. By using junction boxes, cables and connectors we can ensure smooth and reliable performance for the complete life. PES: How do your products assist the photovoltaic sector? MG: We help to ensure the faultless on installed PV systems, due to an extended, maintenance-free service life.PES: How much does the solar power sector contribute to your overall business, and can you see it making up

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We are focussing on strengthening our market position by employing best technological practiceHans-Jörgen Stangl, CEO of Stangl AG, has helmed the company through a fantastically successful year, one that has seen a link-up with Singulus Technologies and an increase in PV revenue. Here he talks to PES about the company, their goals for the future and further bullish growth into international markets

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Detlev Koch, Head of Solar Thin Film, Oerlikon Solar.For the PV industry, this is a time of optimism, historic economic potential and technological progress - and unprecedented challenges. But governments and the private sector alike are betting on our industry to meet the challenges and supply an increasingly larger share of the world's future electricity needs.{pagebreak}We are at the very beginning of a revolution in the energy market, similar to the dawn of the new age experienced about 30 years ago in the semiconductor industry with the adoption of the integrated circuitsays Oerlikon Solar CEO Jeannine Sargent.Government incentives and the infusion of capital into the photovoltaic (PV) industry from private investors, with their own set of hopes and expectations, stem from the realisation that PV energy production will be a critical factor in lowering the world's dependence on fossil fuels and ameliorating climate change

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