By John West, Managing Director, VLSI Research Europe Ltd.
Explosive growth in sales of critical subsystems and components for use in photovoltaic manufacturing equipment provided one of the few bright spots in an otherwise depressed market during 2008. The outlook for sales into the PV industry in 2009 is for demand to be relatively flat, but strong underlying demand for PV cells should lead to a recovery in 2010 and a return to double-digit growth rates, as outlined in this paper.
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