News on imports

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

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from January through December 2017

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After a short recovery in November, polysilicon imports into China fell back to 12,534 metric tons in December, a decrease of 16% month over month.

Shares of main polysilicon importers in China 2012 through 2017

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Employees of the U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturers Hemlock Semiconductor and REC Silicon have urged U.S. President Trump in two letters to seek a solution for the U.S. polysilicon industry in the trade conflict with China.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from December 2016 through November 2017

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After a seasonal low in October, polysilicon imports into China in November rose to 14,918 metric tons, an increase of 33.8% month over month.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from November 2016 through October 2017

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Polysilicon imports into China dropped considerably from the record high of 17,628 metric tons (MT) in September to 11,153 MT in October.

Duties on polysilicon imports from South Korea into China (2017 and 2014 tariffs)

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On November 21, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) announced new duty rates for polysilicon imports from South Korea into China, following a mid-term review that took one year.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from October 2016 through September 2017

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With a volume of 17,628 metric tons (MT) in September, polysilicon imports into China reached the second record high in a row after they had hit 16,141 MT in August.

Monthly polysilicon imports into China from September 2016 through August 2017

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With a monthly volume of 16,141 tons, polysilicon imports into China reached another record high in August, anticipating stronger demand for PV systems.

REC Silicon’s silane/polysilicon plant in Butte, Montana

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U.S.-based manufacturer REC Silicon has curtailed production of solar-grade polysilicon at its facility in Butte, Montana and will focus on electronic grade for the semiconductor industry there.

Monthly polysilicon imports from South Korea into China from January through July 2016 and 2017, respectively

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BusinessKorea has reported that polysilicon exports from South Korea in the second quarter of 2017 decreased by 25.5% versus Q2 2016, attributing the decline to political friction with China. The actual numbers tell a different story.

Tongwei logo on building

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After announcing a new polysilicon plant with a capacity of 25,000 tons in Leshan in March, Chinese Tongwei Group is planning to build another 25,000-ton plant in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.