Although site selection had been undertaken back in November, 2008, Tokuyama has now approved the construction of a 6,000MT polysilicon plant in the heavy industry based Samalaju Industrial Park in Malaysia. The plant will commence construction in early 2011 and start operations in the spring of 2013, according to the company. Plant costs were said to be 65 billion Yen and utility costs of 15 billion Yen.
The polysilicon plant will be dedicated to supply the solar industry. Previously, Tokuyama planned to start operations in 2012 and have a plant with 3,000MT capacity to supply both solar and semiconductor industries.