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Sector-wide Shuffle for China's PV Industry as Period of High Profit Closes

According to a report from UK-based IMSresearch , Suntech Power , a global leading provider of solar energy solutions in China, overtook the US’s top thin-film battery producer First Solar as the world’s largest PV modules manufacturer in terms of shipments in the third quarter of 2010. However, the gross profit margin of Suntech PV modules experienced a sharp decline from 30.3 percent in 2005 to 20 percent in 2009, with net profit margin falling to 5.1 percent in 2010 from 13.5 percent in 2005. In the third quarter of last year, despite improved business results, its gross profit margin reached only 17 percent, far below the 33.3 percent, 31.4 percent and 22.7 percent of Yingli Solar , Trina Solar and Solarfun Power , respectively. Gross profit margins of the overall PV industry chain in China averaged above 30 percent over the recent few years, with margins on the module...

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