SEMI today reported the worldwide PV manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for the second quarter of 2014. Worldwide billings increased to $319 million in Q2 2014, an increase of 33 percent from the prior quarter but 11 percent below the same quarter a year ago. Worldwide bookings for the first quarter declined to $234 million, 21 percent below Q1 2014 but 25 percent higher than Q2 2013. At 0.73, the book-to-bill ratio is below parity.
On a regional basis, equipment bookings in Q2 2014 dramatically increased in the Americas and decreased in Europe and Asia. However, Asia still represented almost 80 percent of total PV equipment bookings.
The worldwide PV equipment billings and bookings data is gathered jointly by SEMI and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) from about 40 global equipment companies that provide data on a quarterly basis.
SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains.