Wacker opens $1.2bn German polysilicon plant expansion

the Nünchritz plant will be able to turn out 15,000MT of polysilicon per year

the Nünchritz plant will be able to turn out 15,000MT of polysilicon per year

Wacker Chemie has opened its €900m ($1.19bn) polysilicon upgrade at Nünchritz, Germany, as the chemicals giant deepens its bet on a market segment that has seen its average selling price decimated over the past few years.

Wacker – considered one of the solar sector’s “big four” polysilicon producers alongside Korea’s OCI, US-based Hemlock and China’s GCL-Poly – broke ground at the plant in 2008.

When it is fully-ramped in a few weeks, the Nünchritz plant will be capable of turning out 15,000 metric tonnes (MT) per year – lifting Wacker’s total capability to 52,000MT by the end of 2012.

In addition, the company began building another 15,000MT facility last year in the US state of Tennessee, which is on track for completion in late 2013.

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