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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.

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.

Daqo New Energy’s polysilicon plant in Shihezi, Xinjiang

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Daqo New Energy, the third-largest polysilicon manufacturer in China, has announced it will increase its production capacity by 35,000 metric tons, thus reaching a total capacity of at least 70,000 tons in early 2020.

OCI’s expansion plan for polysilicon production capacity

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Korean polysilicon producer OCI will revamp the dormant PS-1 plant of its Malaysian subsidiary by the end of 2018, thus expanding its annual production capacity by 10,000 metric tons.

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

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According to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a faulty piston in a hydrogen compressor has caused the explosion at Wacker’s U.S. polysilicon plant. 

Xinte Energy’s polysilicon plant in Urumqi, Xinjiang with sunflowers in the foreground

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The massive expansion wave in the Chinese polysilicon industry continues: Xinte Energy, China’s second-largest polysilicon manufacturer, will expand the capacity of its existing plant in Xinjiang by 36,000 metric tons.

REC Silicon’s Q4 2017 update on FBR joint venture in Yulin

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After starting to ramp up in December 2017, TianREC, the Chinese joint venture of U.S. polysilicon producer REC Silicon with Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tianhong New Energy, is now planning to reach its full capacity by the end of 2018.

OCI’s polysilicon production capacity expansion

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South Korean polysilicon producer OCI has signed two big supply contracts with Longi and JinkoSolar, respectively, but has not yet decided about expanding its second plant in Malaysia.

OCI’s polysilicon capacity and cost roadmap

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South Korean OCI Company, the world’s third-largest polysilicon producer, has announced that it considers expanding the capacity of its polysilicon plant in Malaysia by 20,000 to 25,000 metric tons.

REC Silicon’s Q3 2017 update on FBR joint venture in Yulin

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REC Silicon has affirmed that TianREC, its joint venture with Shaanxi Non-Ferrous Tianhong New Energy Co., Ltd., will start up production of (mono)silane and granular polysilicon as planned in the fourth quarter.

Key data of Feroglobe’s UMG silicon plant in Puertollano, Spain

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Silicon metal producer Ferroglobe has announced it will build a 1,400-ton plant in Puertollano in the Spanish province of Ciudad Real to supply the solar industry with upgraded metallurgical-grade silicon.