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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.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from December 2016 through November 2017

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After a seasonal low in October, polysilicon imports into China in November rose to 14,918 metric tons, an increase of 33.8% month over month.

Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) of China, press conference on February 9, 2017

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Taiwanese market researchers, PVinsights and EnergyTrend have spread rumors that future duties on polysilicon imports from South Korea into China would be set at a rate below 10%.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from September 2016 through August 2017

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With a monthly volume of 16,141 tons, polysilicon imports into China reached another record high in August, anticipating stronger demand for PV systems.

Monthly polysilicon imports from South Korea into China from January through July 2016 and 2017, respectively

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BusinessKorea has reported that polysilicon exports from South Korea in the second quarter of 2017 decreased by 25.5% versus Q2 2016, attributing the decline to political friction with China. The actual numbers tell a different story.

Tongwei logo on building

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After announcing a new polysilicon plant with a capacity of 25,000 tons in Leshan in March, Chinese Tongwei Group is planning to build another 25,000-ton plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.

OCI’s polysilicon plant in Gunsan, South Korea

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With a volume of 14,816 metric tons, polysilicon imports into China hit a new record high in June, according to data from customs statistics provided by the Silicon Branch of the China Non-ferrous Metals Industry Association.

Logo of SMP (Samsung MEMC Polysilicon Limited Partnership)

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GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has closed the acquisition of SunEdison’s Solar Materials Business, but has excluded SunEdison’s stake in the insolvent South Korean polysilicon company SMP from the deal.