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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, REC Silicon and Wacker from Q1 2019 through Q1 2020

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Defying Covid-19-related constraints, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy achieved a record output of 19,777 tons and reduced its cash production costs to $5/kg in the first quarter.

Sales, operating income/loss and EBITDA of OCI’s Basic Chemical division (including polysilicon) from Q1 2019 through Q1 2020

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South Korean chemicals group OCI reduced the operating loss of its Basic Chemical division, which features polysilicon as main product, by 61% in the first quarter after closing its factory in Gunsan in February.

EBITDA of Wacker’s polysilicon division from 2007 through 2019

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Although expecting a further loss for its polysilicon division in 2020 on par with that in 2019, management of German chemicals group Wacker has expressed confidence in the polysilicon business.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q4 2018 through Q4 2019

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After doubling its production capacity, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo has reached record-low manufacturing costs (including depreciation) of $6.38/kg and cash production costs of $5.47/kg.

Chemical factory of Hanwha Solutions/Chemical Corporation in Yeosu, South Jeolla province, South Korea

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Following fellow manufacturer OCI, Hanwha Solutions/Chemical Corporation has also decided to abandon its solar-grade polysilicon business in South Korea.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, REC Silicon and Wacker from Q3 2018 through Q3 2019

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After weaker results in the second quarter due to maintenance, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy achieved so far unthinkable cash production costs of US$5.85/kg in the third quarter.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q2 2018 through Q2 2019

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Daqo New Energy, one of the leading low-cost polysilicon manufacturers in China, recorded significantly lower earnings in the second quarter; the EBITDA margin fell from 24.6% to 15.5%.

Hankook Silicon’s polysilicon plant in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, South Korea

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On June 10, a court in Seoul decided to terminate the rehabilitation proceedings for Hankook Silicon after two attempts to sell the Korean polysilicon manufacturer failed.

Polysilicon EBITDA margins of Daqo, OCI, Wacker and REC Silicon from Q1 2018 through Q1 2019

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With record-low production costs and a positive EBITDA margin of 24.6%, China-based polysilicon manufacturer Daqo New Energy defied the low polysilicon prices in the first quarter.

Solar module from GCL System Integration Technology made of cast mono wafers

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Leading China-based polysilicon and wafer manufacturer GCL-Poly will ramp up its production capacity for cast mono ingots and wafers to 15 GW by the first quarter of 2020.