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

Hemlock Semiconductor’s polysilicon plant in Hemlock, Michigan (USA)

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation will lay off 50 employees, the company announced internally on June 18.

Daqo New Energy’s polysilicon plant in Shihezi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China

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Daqo New Energy (NYSE: DQ) is planning to float its China-based polysilicon subsidiary on the Science and Technology Innovation Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange “within the next two years.”

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, REC Silicon and Wacker from Q1 2019 through Q1 2020

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Defying Covid-19-related constraints, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy achieved a record output of 19,777 tons and reduced its cash production costs to $5/kg in the first quarter.

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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has deferred the sale of its electronic-grade plant in Butte. Its solar-grade plant in Moses Lake remains closed.

Polysilicon production volumes of the Chinese top 4 manufacturers (Tongwei, GCL-Poly, Daqo, Xinte) in 2019

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The 2019 results of the four largest China-based polysilicon manufacturers – Tongwei, GCL-Poly, Daqo and Xinte – reveal enormous discrepancies with numbers published by Chinese industry bodies.

Tongwei’s annual polysilicon production capacities from 2016 through 2021

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China-based polysilicon and solar cell manufacturer Tongwei will increase its production capacity from 80,000 to 155,000 tons by late 2021, thus becoming the world market leader.

EBITDA of Wacker’s polysilicon division from 2007 through 2019

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Although expecting a further loss for its polysilicon division in 2020 on par with that in 2019, management of German chemicals group Wacker has expressed confidence in the polysilicon business.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q4 2018 through Q4 2019

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After doubling its production capacity, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo has reached record-low manufacturing costs (including depreciation) of $6.38/kg and cash production costs of $5.47/kg.

Chemical factory of Hanwha Solutions/Chemical Corporation in Yeosu, South Jeolla province, South Korea

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Following fellow manufacturer OCI, Hanwha Solutions/Chemical Corporation has also decided to abandon its solar-grade polysilicon business in South Korea.

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington at dusk

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As the Phase 1 trade agreement between the USA and China comes into force on February 15, U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon intends to restart its plant in Moses Lake.