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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.

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

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JA Solar, the world’s second-largest solar panel producer, has secured the supply of 97,200 tons of polysilicon from Xinjiang-based manufacturer Xinte Energy for a period of more than five years.

Representatives of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and its subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng celebrate the official launch of the 54,000-ton fluidized bed reactor (FBR) project for granular polysilicon in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, China on September 8, 2020

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Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, will increase its fluidized bed reactor (FBR) capacity for granular polysilicon to 54,000 tons by the end of 2021.

The factory gate of Sichuan Yongxiang’s polysilicon plant in Leshan after the flood had receded on August 20, 2020

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After a once-in-a-century flood in mid-August, Tongwei’s older polysilicon plant with a capacity of 20,000 metric tons in Leshan, Sichuan province will remain out of operation until mid-October.

Groundbreaking for Asia Silicon’s polysilicon plant expansion in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, China

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Asia Silicon, China’s sixth-largest polysilicon manufacturer, will increase its production capacity to 50,000 metric tons by 2022 and has closed a five-year supply contract with wafer maker Longi.

Polysilicon plant of Tongwei’s subsidiary Sichuan Yongxiang Polysilicon in Leshan, Sichuan province, China

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While the polysilicon plant of Tongwei’s subsidiary Sichuan Yongxiang Polysilicon was temporarily shut down due to a flood alert, Daqo New Energy and GCL-Poly are aiming to resume production after accidents.

Distillation columns of GCL-Poly’s polysilicon plant in Xinjiang

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Chlorosilanes expert Alan Crawford argues for concerted action after four similar incidents have occurred at the Chinese polysilicon plants of Daqo, GCL-Poly, East Hope and Tongwei.

GCL-Poly’s polysilicon plant in Xinjiang

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Within just three weeks, two Chinese polysilicon manufacturers have experienced accidents at their factories. The Chinese polysilicon industry should learn its lesson from the fire at Daqo and the explosions at GCL.

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.