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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.

Distillation columns of GCL-Poly’s polysilicon plant in Xinjiang

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Chlorosilanes expert Alan Crawford argues for concerted action after four similar incidents have occurred at the Chinese polysilicon plants of Daqo, GCL-Poly, East Hope and Tongwei.

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

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The series of incidents at Wacker’s U.S. polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee does not stop: Four contract workers suffered chemical burns when they performed maintenance work on July 24.

Wacker’s integrated chemical factory in Burghausen, Bavaria

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Strongly reduced demand for solar-grade polysilicon due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lower prices have left their mark in the financial figures of Wacker and OCI for the second quarter.

GCL-Poly’s polysilicon plant in Xinjiang

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Within just three weeks, two Chinese polysilicon manufacturers have experienced accidents at their factories. The Chinese polysilicon industry should learn its lesson from the fire at Daqo and the explosions at GCL.

Hemlock Semiconductor’s polysilicon plant in Hemlock, Michigan (USA)

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U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation will lay off 50 employees, the company announced internally on June 18.

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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S.-based polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon has deferred the sale of its electronic-grade plant in Butte. Its solar-grade plant in Moses Lake remains closed.

Sales, EBITDA and Capex of Wacker’s polysilicon division in Q1 2020 versus Q4 2019 and Q1 2019

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In response to slumping demand for solar-grade polysilicon in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, chemicals group Wacker has reduced the utilization rate of its German polysilicon plants to 70%.

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.

Tongwei’s annual polysilicon production capacities from 2016 through 2021

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China-based polysilicon and solar cell manufacturer Tongwei will increase its production capacity from 80,000 to 155,000 tons by late 2021, thus becoming the world market leader.

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.