PVinsights : Solar component price uptrend turned moderately in April.

Although solar system demand remained solid in China, EU, Japan and some emerging countries, solar module makers are still difficult to raise their price easily. Moreover, some Chinese solar module makers are still eager to ship more solar module at the current price level than high price.

Although solar system demand remained solid in China, EU, Japan and some emerging countries, solar module makers are still difficult to raise their price easily. Moreover, some Chinese solar module makers are still eager to ship more solar module at the current price level than high price. Moreover, mono module demand continues to maintain strong in Japan and in Euro. With the solid demand, mono module price still performed better than multi module. Therefore, solar module price kept stable or went up slightly this week.


With the limited solar module price improvement, solar cell makers are also facing more resistance from their clients. Lots of solar cell makers are running their production facility at full utilization rate. Since last month, some major solar cell makers are turning profitable. With the profitable price level, solar cell makers are having less pressures to raise their price more seriously.

Although solar cell price improved sharply last month, some solar wafer makers seem to have the limited price improvement. Actually, solar cell makers did not purchase lots of solar wafer, because solar cell makers have been taking lots of outsourcing manufacturing from module makers. Those module makers also provided solar wafer to solar cell makers. Therefore, solar wafer makers did not take the same order improvement as cell makers. As a result, major solar wafer makers did not push their wafers aggressively this week.

After taking the significant price improvement, polysilicon makers and traders are eager to sell more polysilcon but not to raise their price this week. Moreover, major polysilicon are planning to increase their production utilization back in 2Q13. With the increasing supply, major polysilicon makers expect that polysilicon price will drop in the future. As a result, polysilicon price performed stable to slightly up this week

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