News on Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

News on suppliers, market trends and technology innovations in polysilicon and wafer production is selected, assessed and written for you by Bernreuter Research.

New polysilicon production capacities (in metric tons) in 2022

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The current polysilicon shortage has triggered so many new Chinese projects with a total capacity of more than one million tons that the industry will again face oversupply in the coming years.

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.

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

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South Korean chemicals group OCI is considering expanding the capacity of its polysilicon plant in Malaysia to 95,000 tons, possibly fueled by demand for polysilicon untainted by forced labor in Xinjiang.

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 plant of Inner Mongolia Tongwei in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China

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Leading Chinese polysilicon manufacturers Tongwei and Xinte Energy are boosting the capacity of their production facilities through upgrades and debottlenecking by 50,000 metric tons in total.

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.

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 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.