L R AS Published on Friday 28 June 2019 - n° 283 - Categories:inverters/micro-inverters
Difficult times for Huawei
China's Huawei Technologies, the world's leading manufacturer of solar inverters, ended its sales of American inverters last week, according to Roth Capital Partners. Huawei was on the verge of laying off
or transfer part of its U.S. workforce, while maintaining technical support and warranty personnel.
According to Wood Mackenzie, Huawei's global market share was 22% in 2018, the highest of any company, up from 25% in 2017. In the United States, Huawei has only 4% of the market, but for three-phase inverters for large installations or commercial/industrial use. Huawei claimed 16%, behind Chint and SMA. Huawei had to contend with tariffs and the uncertainty of the China-USA trade talks. In the residential market, SolarEdge and Enphase are the two winners of Huawei's withdrawal.
GreenTech Media of June 24
Editor's note The exit from the American market is only a small part of Huawei's difficulties, which depends on the American operating software Android and electronic chips from the United States. No one can know what will become of this company which was brilliant a few quarters ago. In the West, the disappearance of such supplies would have jeopardised the company, which would have had to pay for redundancies, without being able to find alternatives very quickly. In China, we don't know what help the political authorities will provide to keep Huawei afloat, just to show the Americans that the company is capable of overcoming this ordeal!