Wacker Will Expand Silicon In Germany | March 21, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 12 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 12 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 21, 2011

Wacker Will Expand Silicon In Germany

Department: Business
Keywords: polysilicon, solar, manufacturing
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Wacker’s Nünchritz facility at dusk.
Credit: Wacker
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Wacker’s Nünchritz facility at dusk.
Credit: Wacker

Wacker Chemie will spend $180 million to expand polysilicon production at its Burghausen and Nünchritz facilities in Germany, by a combined 10,000 metric tons. The additional capacity, to come on-line in 2012, will bring total Germany-based production to 52,000 tons per year. Wacker is also constructing a 15,000-ton plant in Cleveland, Tenn. Thanks to strong demand for polysilicon for solar cells and computer chips, customers have already placed contracts for most of the output from the three plants through 2014, the firm says.

 
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