The top-5 module suppliers to the PV industry shipped more than 20GW of modules during the first half of 2018, representing Y/Y growth of 10%.

Several years ago, we defined the criteria for being in the Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) as having >4GW shipments annually. Several of the companies in the top-5 exceeded 4GW in the first six months of this year alone.


In global market shipment of 1H-2018, Jinko Solar leads with shipment of 4.8 GW, followed by JA Solar, LONGi Solar, CSI, Trina Solar, Hanwha Q Cells, Risen, GCL Integration, Suntech and Talesun. In pace with the rapid increase of mono-crystalline products, LONGi Solar climbed from No. 7 in 2017 to 3rd place in the H1-2018 ranking.

LONGI Solar moving up 4 places in the ranking within 6 months can be attributed to its continuous capacity expansions in China and overseas production, as well as its rapidly growing brand awareness. The company further secured its No.1 position in the China’s domestic market, amongst strong competition.

Mono-crystalline products are quickly gaining recognition and popularity in China because of their inherent benefits of better cost performance and this trend is rapidly spreading outside of China. Matched with keen competitive pricing of mono cells and modules, PV products based on mono-crystalline technology is estimated to capture 47% of the total market in 2018 and projected to grow to around 60% in the following few years. As a frame of reference, mono-crystalline product share was 28% in 2017.

Overall, it forecasts total PV demand of 83 GW in 2018.