20 November 2008 14:17 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS news)--Wacker Chemie has started up a new polycrystalline-silicon plant at its site in Burghausen, Germany, the specialty chemicals company said on Thursday.
The €300m ($378m) expansion, which was expected to hit full rates by the start of 2009, would increase the site’s capacity by 4,500 tonnes/year, Wacker said.
The polycrystalline silicon manufactured would be aimed at both solar and semiconductor markets.
The project is part of a larger expansion to boost the company’s polysilicon capacity to over 35,000 tonnes/year from the current 10,000 tonne/year by year-end 2011.
Wacker said it would have invested a total of €2bn in the program to expand facilities at both Burghausen and Nunchritz sites.
($1 = €0.79)
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