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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.

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

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The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has announced that duties will continue to be imposed on imports of solar-grade polysilicon from the USA and South Korea while it will conduct a final review running through January 2020.

PV system in Japan with solar modules from Kyocera

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Japanese solar module producer Kyocera has reached a settlement in its contract dispute with U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer Hemlock Semiconductor.

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

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The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has terminated duties on polysilicon imports from the European Union. Now U.S. President Trump has asked government staff to draw up a potential deal in the trade conflict with China.

Wacker’s U.S. polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee

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The EBITDA margin of Wacker’s polysilicon division has become razor-thin: In the third quarter of 2018, the ratio slumped to just 2.5%, down from 16.2% in the previous quarter and 24.9% in the prior year period.

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington at night

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has stopped speculation that its plant in Moses Lake, Washington could be closed.

REC Silicon’s fluidized bed reactor polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington with vehicle at night

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has blamed the layoff of 100 employees on the trade dispute, but it is more a response to the slump of global demand in the wake of China’s cap on domestic PV installations.

Judge gavel

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Polysilicon producer Hemlock Semiconductor takes legal action against Wealthy Rise International, an indirect subsidiary of Chinese integrated monocrystalline module maker Solargiga Energy Holdings.

Polysilicon rod grown on tube filament

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U.S.-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) for the first time showcased polysilicon rods grown on tube filaments at SNEC, the world’s largest solar trade show, in Shanghai in late May.

Reopening ceremony for Wacker’s U.S. polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee with Dr. Tobias Brandis, Dr. Rudolf Staudigl, Mary Beth Hudson, Dr. Peter-Alexander Wacker, and David Wilhoit (from left)

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After investigating the cause of the hydrogen explosion that occurred on September 7, 2017 and repairing the damaged equipment and building, Wacker has restarted production at its U.S. polysilicon plant near Charleston.

Factory of Solarworld in Arnstadt, Thuringia

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Only seven and a half months after emerging from insolvency proceedings in August 2017, German PV module producer Solarworld Industries GmbH has filed for insolvency again.