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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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A 'Total Fab Solution' for Thin Film Solar Modules End-to-End (E2E) Fab Solutions for Thin Film Silicon Solar Modules are the latest of Oerlikon Solar's offerings to the solar market. This package - which has been specifically tailored to customers with a turn-key requirement - has generated a lot of interest.{pagebreak}Business growth at Oerlikon Solar continues to exceed all expectations. Founded in 2005, the company has already booked major orders from well-known manufacturers like CSG, SCHOTT Solar, ErSol Thin Film and API. The total production volume of these orders to date exceeds 200 MWp and the new capability to offer tailored E2E mass production solutions for thin film silicon solar modules will add even more potential.The rapid expansion at Oerlikon Solar reflects the excitement over the potential of this new technology in the global renewable energy market, and adds to the wave of new generation solar plants coming online.

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"If you want to stay ahead of the competition you have to invest in R&D" The Komax Group, founded in 1975 and headquartered in Switzerland, is one of the top global providers of wire processing systems and assembly automation equipment. One of its primary markets is the photovoltaics industry and to this end we invited Peter Kostic, Market Manager (Photovoltaic Assembly Systems), to explain a little more about the company and its offerings

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"It's about best technologies, highest throughput and lowest losses"For industries that require expensive raw materials such as silicon and sapphire, production efficiency and process stability are key to operating cost-efficient production lines. Peter Pauli, CEO of Meyer Burger AG, explains how this major provider of slicing systems to solar-cell manufacturers helps its clients achieve "lowest cost of ownership" while maximising production capacity.{pagebreak}PES: Can you explain a little about your company and what part you play in the renewable energy industry?Peter Pauli: Meyer Burger is a global leading provider of precision-slicing technology, predominantly to the solar industry. We provide sophisticated machinery incorporating 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 forms. We are fully committed to ecological, social and financial sustainability. Approximately 75% of our net sales generated during fiscal year 2006 were attributable to customers in the solar industry. We are directly involved in the value chain of solar-cell production. As such, its machines and services are closely linked to the ecological benefits of solar cells as a source of electricity and energy.PES: Aside from solar, your organisation feeds a number of

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In manufacturing, a one-stop supplier strategy can work in everyone's favour If an industry is going to flourish, it needs a quality-controlled supply network. Renewable energy producers in particular need end products that are safe, reliable and built to last. PES asks Rolf Schäfer (Dipl.-Phys.), owner of Robeko, about the challenges and benefits of entering the solar-power supply chain.{pagebreak}PES: Can you explain a little about your company and what you offer the renewable energy industry?Rolf Schäfer: Robeko is a European trade and manufacturing organisation based in southwest Germany. Since its foundation in 2002, Robeko has become a respected member of the market in all its various fields of activity.Robeko is strictly focused on the supply of thin-film deposition components and services. These components are widely used in the production of solar cells and solar absorber coatings, as well as other industries such as glass and tool coating, decorative, low friction and automotive.Robeko follows a one-stop supplier strategy, supplying all relevant equipment and services for building thin-film coating machines. Through a network of partners, robeko is able to combine the different aspects of its product portfolio and consistently offer the highest technical standards, in cost-effective packages.Robeko works with leading technology partners

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Since founding in 2001, Suntech has grown rapidly to become one of the largest solar companies in the world. In fact, Suntech was the fourth largest manufacturer of PV cells in the world at the end of 2006, up from eighth position one year earlier. This startling growth and success in the solar industry is largely as a result of Suntech's unswerving commitment to delivering the highest quality and most cost-effective solar solutions to customers worldwide.{pagebreak}The History of Suntech - The Road to Success in SolarSuntech's swift evolution was brought about by the strong leadership and clear vision of Dr. Zhengrong Shi. After completing a master's degree in laser physics from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Dr. Shi moved to Australia to pursue further studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). It was there that Dr. Shi received his PhD in electrical engineering under the tutelage of Dr. Martin Green, a preeminent academic in solar research and director of the Centre of Excellence for Photovoltaic Engineering. Dr. Shi excelled at his research and is now considered a global authority on solar technology with multiple patents to his name. After completing his PhD, Dr. Shi became

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