Polysilicon News

News on suppliers, market trends and technology innovations in polysilicon and wafer production is selected, assessed and written for you by Bernreuter Research.

Polysilicon plant of OCI in Bintulu, a coastal city in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia

OCI planning to expand its polysilicon capacity by 35,000 tons

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Polysilicon manufacturer OCI is getting closer to a decision to increase the capacity of its plant in Malaysia by 30,000 to 40,000 tons. In 2024 the plant would then have a total capacity of 65,000 to 75,000 tons.

Polysilicon imports into China from 2017 through 2021

Polysilicon imports into China climbed to 114,000 tons in 2021

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After a steep drop in 2020, polysilicon imports into China recovered somewhat in 2021. According to Chinese customs statistics, imports grew to 114,203 metric tons, an increase of 13.3% year over year.

The ten most popular posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2021

The top 10 posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2021

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New entrants in China, the FBR project of GCL and news on non-Chinese polysilicon manufacturers are the most popular themes among the top ten posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2021.

Curve of the polysilicon spot price in 2021

First rays of light at the end of the polysilicon high-price tunnel

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After a massive price surge during 2021, signs are piling up that the polysilicon price is about to come down from its high level of US$36/kg. But a new price increase could follow in 2022.

Chemical factory of Hanwha Solutions

Hanwha invests in REC Silicon – “First step to US value chain”

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The US$160 million investment of Hanwha Solutions, the world’s sixth largest solar module supplier, in U.S. polysilicon maker REC Silicon only makes sense with new wafer production capacity.

Xinte Energy’s polysilicon plant in Urumqi, Xinjiang region, China

Xinte responds to silicon metal price spike with captive smelter

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Chinese transformer maker TBEA will build a 200,000-ton silicon metal factory in Inner Mongolia by the end of 2022 in order to secure the feedstock for its polysilicon subsidiary Xinte Energy.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, Wacker, OCI and REC Silicon from Q3 2020 through Q3 2021

Increase of polysilicon EBITDA margins slowing at a high level

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Polysilicon manufacturers Daqo, Wacker and OCI compensate the price spike of silicon metal feedstock and still increase their high margins, driven by strong demand in the third quarter.

Granular polysilicon from the fluidized bed reactor plant of Jiangsu Zhongneng, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings

Expansion of GCL-Poly’s granular polysilicon capacity delayed

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Jiangsu Zhongneng, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly, is behind schedule with expanding its fluidized bed reactor capacity for granular polysilicon in Xuzhou, but the existing plant is running at full speed.

Arabinda Ghosh (left), designated Chairman and CEO of Hemlock Semiconductor, and Ken Collins, site leader of Wacker Chemical Corporation’s polysilicon and pyrogenic silica plants in Charleston, Tennessee

New leadership at U.S. polysilicon makers Wacker and Hemlock

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Ken Collins is new site leader of Wacker’s polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee while Arabinda Ghosh will follow Mark Bassett as CEO of competitor Hemlock Semiconductor at year’s end.

Chairman Mukesh Ambani at the annual general meeting of Reliance Industries Limited on June 24, 2021

Will India’s plans for polysilicon production get real this time?

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Reliance, Adani and two other bidders are each proposing a 4 GW solar factory that is fully integrated from polysilicon production through wafer, solar cell and module manufacturing in India.