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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.

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

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Record-low polysilicon prices and inventory valuation adjustments pushed the operating EBITDA margin of Wacker’s polysilicon division to minus 13.3% in the third quarter.

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.

Monocrystalline silicon ingot

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Daqo New Energy, a leading Chinese producer of high-quality polysilicon, has announced that most of its 2018 production capacity of approx. 21,000 metric tons is already under contract.

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.

polysilicon chunks

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Several factors are playing a role in driving up the current polysilicon spot price.