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Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, Wacker, OCI and REC Silicon from Q4 2020 through Q4 2021

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While polysilicon manufacturers Wacker and OCI successfully defied the spike of the silicon metal price in the fourth quarter, their Chinese competitor Daqo New Energy felt the impact in its earnings.

Polysilicon imports into China from 2017 through 2021

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After a steep drop in 2020, polysilicon imports into China recovered somewhat in 2021. According to Chinese customs statistics, imports grew to 114,203 metric tons, an increase of 13.3% year over year.

The ten most popular posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2021

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New entrants in China, the FBR project of GCL and news on non-Chinese polysilicon manufacturers are the most popular themes among the top ten posts from Bernreuter Research on LinkedIn in 2021.

Chemical factory of Hanwha Solutions

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The US$160 million investment of Hanwha Solutions, the world’s sixth largest solar module supplier, in U.S. polysilicon maker REC Silicon only makes sense with new wafer production capacity.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, Wacker, OCI and REC Silicon from Q3 2020 through Q3 2021

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Polysilicon manufacturers Daqo, Wacker and OCI compensate the price spike of silicon metal feedstock and still increase their high margins, driven by strong demand in the third quarter.

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.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q2 2020 through Q2 2021

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While non-Chinese polysilicon manufacturers OCI and Wacker enjoy high margins, Xinjiang-based Daqo New Energy has already announced the next major expansion to 270,000 tons in China by the end of 2024.

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.

Technology Park of ASPI Group at the Port of Moses Lake, Washington, USA, where Violet Power is planning to build a solar panel factory

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The decision of U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon to terminate the partnership with Violet Power confirms doubts about the viability of the plans announced by the solar panel start-up.