Some European stakeholders today consider the solar industry only as actors designing, installing and maintaining solar installations. Many media and policy makers show no sign that solar PV technology is a core heritage of the EU industrial development with over 300 companies along the industrial value chain. Others even consider the industry dead. In order to keep the industry and the industrial production in Europe but also creating an environment for investment and growth, this perception needs to be changed. To achieve this, the ESMC will be the first and only group representing the full value chain needed for PV manufacturing in Europe – technologically neutral, covering all materials, equipment, research topics and manufacturing of finished goods.
In the current international trade environment, we strongly believe that Europe must maintain and develop a strong footprint in the upstream part of the PV sector, manufacturing mass PV products, focusing on quality and innovative products. In a globalised environment, Europe must be a key player by taking a fair role in global PV trade.