Solar has been a mixed bag for the last year. The business is on the upswing (see "Tech Watch" in this issue of U.S. Tech) as manufacturers gear up to meet the spiraling demand. U.S. companies are still struggling to match the lower-priced competition from China, which is largely subsidized by the Peking regime. But as labor costs continue to escalate there, U.S. companies are increasing automation in production to help drive down costs.
|Jacob Fattal, Publisher |
This year's Intersolar Show, held in conjunction with Semicon West, is expected to provide a handle for predicting and forecasting industry growth for the rest of 2014.
In next month's issue we'll be reporting on the consummation of an enormous and important manufacturing industry acquisition which will certainly have some bearing on the entire solar PV industry, followed by the heaviest trade show schedule of the year.
September kicks off with Autotest in St. Louis, and PCB West in Santa Clara. Then to Rosemont for SMTAI, followed closely in October by ATX at Chicago's McCormick Place. Two weeks later, IMAPS opens in San Diego, followed by the Assembly Show in Rosemont. In November, there's Fabtech in Atlanta and electronica in Munich.
It's a super-busy show schedule, and U.S. Tech will be at all of them, bringing you, our readers, the latest news, new products, features and columnists. As the largest print publication in this industry, we will continue to grow and to bring you all the news not only in print but on our website and digital editions. Topical reporting, reviews and exceptional writing — all are our special gift to you, our loyal readers. See you on the road, wherever there's a trade show.