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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.

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 shelved its plan to shut down its fluidized bed reactor (FBR) polysilicon plant in Moses Lake, Washington for two months in March and April.

Bilateral meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017

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In the fourth round of trade talks between the USA and China in Washington, D.C. last week, China offered that it would “reduce its tariffs on U.S.-made polysilicon,” news agency Reuters has reported.

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea, press conference

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The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has announced it will urge China to lift the anti-dumping duties on polysilicon imports from South Korea.

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.

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.

Workers at polysilicon plant in China

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GCL-Poly Energy Holdings and Tongwei Group have announced production capacities that are larger than originally planned for their new polysilicon factories.

Drawing of GCL-Poly’s polysilicon plant in Xinjiang

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GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has confirmed reports that the first phase of its new polysilicon plant in Xinjiang with a capacity of 20,000 metric tons will start up in September.

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.

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.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from February 2017 through January 2018

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After the low in December, polysilicon imports into China surprisingly surged to an unusually large volume of 16,261 metric tons in January, an increase of 29.7% month over month.