Wacker expects a challenging year for polysilicon business

Wacker Chemie has reported a 27% decrease in revenue for its polysilicon division, due to a marked decline in demand from China and a fall in average selling prices (ASPS). Weak pricing is expected to continue in 2019, lowering profitability further.

NexWafe secures funding for ‘EpiWafer’ pilot line

Fraunhofer ISE spin-off, NexWafe has secured a new round of funding from Wermuth Asset Management, which will be used for commissioning a pilot line in Freiburg, Germany to produce ‘EpiWafer’ substrates for verification and qualification for potential solar manufacturing customers.