PV silicon manufacturer Timminco has updated its solar-grade product line production and operations numbers for the third quarter, saying it manufactured 342 metric tons and shipped 300 metric tons during the period. The totals bring the year-to-date shipments to more than 600 metric tons, according to the Toronto-based company.
The company said production and shipments increased sequentially each month during the quarter, with September production reaching a record monthly volume. The ramp-up of production continues, operational improvements are being implemented, and all material shipped during the quarter met customer specifications.
Timminco also reiterated its guidance for shipments in 2008 in the range of 1200-1500 metric tons of metallurgical-grade solar silicon and noted that it wiill provide additional details on the progress of its production when it releases third-quarter results in November.
The company has been expanding its manufacturing capacity this year with a stated nominal annual goal of 14,400 metric tons. It also recently announced long-term solar-grade silicon supply deals, totaling 7150 metric tons, with Q-Cells and an unnamed major wafer producer.
— Tom Cheyney