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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.

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

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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.

Session on polysilicon and wafer supply at the PV CellTech online conference on August 26, 2021

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On August 26, the second day of the PV CellTech 2021 online conference will feature an in-depth discussion with polysilicon expert Johannes Bernreuter, Head of Bernreuter Research, on key market issues.

A couple recruited through a labor transfer program is sitting in a bunk room at a facility of Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., Ltd.

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The Withhold Release Order of the U.S. customs against Xinjiang-based silicon metal producer Hoshine puts pressure on polysilicon manufacturers as most of them are sourcing from Hoshine.

Representatives of East Hope Group and the Ningxia and Shizuishan governments signed cooperation and invest agreements for a cluster of projects in Shizuishan

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Out of four Xinjiang-based polysilicon manufacturers, East Hope is the third that has announced a new project outside the region linked to forced labor: a 250,000-ton factory in Shizuishan, Ningxia.

Workers manually crush silicon metal in the Jingang Circular Economy Industrial Park in Yili (also known as Ili) prefecture, Xinjiang, China

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A new research report from the Sheffield Hallam University in England uncovers so far unknown details about silicon metal, polysilicon and wafer manufacturers using forced labor in Xinjiang.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q4 2019 through Q4 2020

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The strong rise of polysilicon prices since mid-2020 has led the results of non-Chinese manufacturers Wacker and OCI back into positive territory. EBITDA in the second half improved significantly.

Daqo New Energy’s polysilicon plant in Shihezi, Xinjiang, with electricity grid operated by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a promoter of forced labor

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The western solar industry will likely be able to cut its ties to forced labor at polysilicon and wafer producers in Xinjiang. But establishing an alternative, complete supply chain is a monumental task.

Impurity concentrations of granular polysilicon from MEMC Pasadena, GCL-Poly and TianREC compared to the PV17 standard on virgin polysilicon for PV applications from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)

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The granular product from the fluidized bed reactor facility of GCL’s polysilicon subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng does not show unusual metal and carbon concentrations. What strikes is the very low hydrogen content.

Groundbreaking ceremony for a 100,000-ton fluidized bed reactor (FBR) plant of GCL-Poly in Leshan, Sichuan province, China on October 18, 2020

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China-based polysilicon manufacturers outdo each other with ever bigger capacity announcements. What appears like a bodybuilder competition has a serious background: accelerating PV growth.

Fluidized bed reactor (FBR) polysilicon plant of TianREC, the Chinese joint venture of REC Silicon, in Yulin, Shaanxi province, China

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Low utilization rates and continuing losses of its granular polysilicon joint venture TianREC in Yulin in the Chinese province of Shaanxi have led REC Silicon to write down its investment to zero.