As part of plans to increase hyperpure polysilicon production to meet customer demand, Wacker has officially started volume production at its latest plant in Nünchritz, Germany. Wacker said it had invested €900 million in the facilities, creating more than 500 new jobs. The 15,000MT polysilicon plant should reach full capacity within the next few weeks, Wacker said.
“This expansion of capacity is a key prerequisite to enable us – now and in the years to come – to meet our customers’ demand for top-quality polysilicon for use in highly efficient solar cells. Wacker’s entire polysilicon output, including that from Nünchritz, is almost completely under contract until the end of 2015,” commented Rudolf Staudigl, president and CEO of Wacker Chemie AG.
The company reiterated that it was continuing to ramp up its total polysilicon capacity to around 52,000MT by the end of 2012, with total annual production capacity reaching 70,000MT by 2014 when its US plant, currently under construction comes on stream.