SunSi Energies advised that it had shipped 117 metric tons of trichlorosilane (TCS) from its Wendeng facility in China to Russia-based Nitol Solar. This is the first SunSi TCS order that has been bought and shipped outside of China. SunSi is in the midst of a production expansion at its Wendeng facility so that it can better accommodate large orders like the one from Nitol. The company noted that it is expecting future orders from companies outside of China as its management has been in discussions for TCS procurement with companies based in the US, Europe and Taiwan.
David Natan, SunSi Energies' chief executive officer, said, “We are very pleased to ship this order to a quality company such as Nitol. This level of activity is indicative of the trend that we are seeing in the industry with large polysilicon producers outsourcing a portion of their TCS production. Rather than investing large amounts of capital to build new capacity to manufacture TCS, Tier I and Tier II polysilicon makers are starting to outsource some of their TCS production to specialty chemical manufacturers such as SunSi who produce high purity TCS.”