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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.

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.

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

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OCI’s Malaysian polysilicon subsidiary has signed a three-year supply contract with Longi, the world’s largest solar wafer maker. The volume of 77,700 tons will fill OCI’s production capacity for the most part.

Polysilicon plant of Xinte Energy in Urumqi, Xinjiang region, China

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Xinjiang-based polysilicon manufacturer Xinte Energy has announced plans to build a 200,000-ton plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, with construction of the first 100,000-ton phase starting in 2021.

Polysilicon supply contracts of Longi Green Energy Technology and Zhonghuan Semiconductor

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Longi Green Energy Technology and Zhonghuan Semiconductor, the world’s two largest makers of monocrystalline solar wafers, have closed major supply contracts with GCL’s polysilicon subsidiary Jiangsu Zhongneng.

Polysilicon sales contracts of Xinte Energy from 2021 through 2025

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China-based polysilicon manufacturer Xinte Energy has to increase its production capacity by 2023 in order to fulfill its three new five-year sales contracts with JA Solar, Longi and Wuxi Shangji.

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.