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Polysilicon facilities start up at Wacker’s Burghausen site

By Gerald Ondrey |

Additional polycrystalline-silicon production facilities officially came on stream at Wacker Chemie AG’s (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) Burghausen, Germany, site today. All “Expansion Stage 8” deposition reactors are already up and running. The plant’s full nominal capacity of 10,000 metric tons (m.t.) a year will be reached before the end of the 2nd Q 2010. Wacker is thus half a year ahead of its original, very ambitious  schedule. Overall, Wacker is investing around €500 million in this expansion stage, thereby creating some 200 new jobs. Expanding output enables Wacker to meet rising global demand for hyperpure polycrystalline silicon. The new facilities can manufacture material for both the solar sector and the semiconductor market. During the opening ceremony, CEO Rudolf Staudigl underlined the important role that the polysilicon business plays for Wacker. He explained that polysilicon has clearly become a mainstay of the entire Group over the recent years. “Wacker Polysilicon maintains its position as a key driving force for our profitable growth,” emphasized Staudigl. Expansion Stage 8 has increased Wacker’s annual polysilicon production capacity to over 25,000 tons. Thanks…
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