Huge Change in 2018’s Top 10 Solar Module Manufacturer Ranking
It has been a tough year for all solar module manufacturers to remain at their position of producing high-tech solar cells to the market. With the commitment to deliver the best quality of solar products, most of them made strategic actions to stay on top. Others have actually outperformed big names in the industry and secured a promising position this year. While the industry leader, Jinko Solar, was expected to still be on top, they had few challenges in the first part of 2018.
Preliminary list of Top 10 Solar Cell Producers (Source: PV Tech):
Jinko Solar was in the fifth position while JA Solar was on the No. 1 spot.
In fact, in the preliminary ranking released by PV Tech, as shown above, Jinko Solar lost its reign as the top solar cell producer but still remained steadfast as they were able to deliver solar cell technologies during 2018 which helped them to regain their spot in the final ranking.
Final list of Top 10 Solar Cell Producers (Source: PV Tech):
Jinko Solar regained the Top 1 spot while JA Solar, for the first time, ranked 2nd in the list.
Another surprising fact in last year’s ranking was JA Solar’s performance. From Top 4 position, JA Solar is now enjoying its spot as the 2nd Top Solar Module Manufacturer. With its aggressive effort and performance, JA Solar is now considered a strong rival of Jinko Solar globally. These two big companies are have dedicated large amounts of resources into mono PERC technology and are continuously expanding its market globally.
Will 2018’s Solar Module Manufacturers remain on top this year?
According to PV Tech, as they come to survey the best 10 module manufacturers in 2019, do not expect major changes but more on Top 10 reshuffling. We should be seeing the same set of companies in this year’s ranking. Like 2018, the best 5 are probably going to be all Chinese companies, with Jinko’s #1 status is still for certain.
Colville suggests that driving multi-GW status in 2019 will owe an extensive part to being advanced in the business while instituting adaptability in the utilization of in-house and third-party suppliers. They are having the right balance of cell/module limit inside and outside China, and continually offering the ideal performing product to each key worldwide market at ASPs that work likewise for key customers.
Before, companies that ventured up module shipments to lead worldwide rankings regularly did this at the expense of in-house cell R&D. Accordingly, for those hoping to see which of the main 10 module manufacturers are additionally cell production pioneers in 2019 and past (Colville, 2019).
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Colville, F. (2019, January 23). Top 10 solar module suppliers in 2018. Retrieved from https://www.pv-tech.org/editors-blog/top-10-solar-module-suppliers-in-2018?fbclid=IwAR1tBzBLbxnG5d52Hmut-UhSXDqWC1GAAI9t2KJf5h-kXspE3QM36