Weekly China PV Price Tracker
現在の世界的不況をよそに、中国は政府の積極的な投資や低い労働コスト、急速な垂直統合によるコスト競争力、原材料の需給の均衡などから、PV市場における主要国となりつつあります。2011年の生産高で見ると、世界のトップ10社のうち5社は中国企業であり（Suntech、JA Solar、Yingli Solar、Trina Solar、Canadian Solar）、中国の潜在力が示されています。
The global PV market has explosively grown with the help of subsidy packages of each government for the sake of PV industry growth. With increasing financial burdens, however, the government subsidies are drastically being slashed, causing a lot of side effects. As European countries, as major PV markets, began to carry out policies focused on the rooftop market, excluding large-scale power generation projects, the PV market is currently entering the era of limitless competition. In this situation, the price trend by supply chain is emerging as the hottest issue in the PV market.
Despite the current global economic repression, China is turning itself as one of key countries in the PV market, with complete preparation aggressive investment by Chinese Government, low labor costs, cost competitiveness through rapid vertical integration, and balanced demand and supply of raw materials. Judging from the fact that among global 10 companies are five Chinese material manufacturers (Suntech, JA Solar, Yingli Solar, Trina Solar, and Canadian Solar) based on 2011 production, you can see that how well China is displaying its potential energy.
In the case of the PV industry excluding polysilicon, there is a limit to ensure profitability, creating added value based on high technical skills as in the field of semi-conductor or display. Besides, it is not easy for each company to differentiate its product from the competition's through constant technology development. In major European countries as the largest PV markets, there are severe cutbacks in PV subsidies; without production differentiation, inexpensive products dominate the market, and reducing the product price becomes the biggest competitive edge. With the current fierce competition in the market, the strategies Chinese PV manufacturers are pursuing 'economies of scale and vertical integration' are considered to be a good role-model for the Korean PV industry as a late comer.
In this circumstance, Solar&Energy has recently published "Weekly China PV price tracker" to analyze the biggest issue in the PV market, i.e., price trends, which are considered as essential to secure competitiveness. International FOB Price based on Chinese PV manufacturers are provided as premium offering in the form of excel file every Wednesday. In addition, unlike other service, this data include 25 part material items and 19 cell/module items classified into First/Second tiers. These data are based on the on-the-spot survey through cooperation between Solar&Enenrgy and Chinese local companies. It even provides tax rates of each HS code sector, as well as up-to-date and exact price analysis.