"It might be difficult to rank in the top ten," said Tetsuhiro Maeda, vice president of Sanyo Electric Co Ltd and general manager of its Solar Division. In the 2007 solar cell production volume ranking released by research firms, etc, Sharp Corp ceded the top position to Q-cells AG of Germany while Mitsubishi Electric Corp fell out of the top 10. And it is highly likely that Sanyo will disappear from the top 10 list in 2008.
According to the numbers published by Japanese solar cell manufacturers, the production volumes of Kyocera Corp and Sanyo are 290MW and 200MW, respectively, in 2008. Sharp and Mitsubishi have yet to announce their figures.
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