11 February 2013 13:07 [Source: ICIS news]
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LONDON (ICIS)--Wacker Chemie has returned its polyisilicon plant in Burghausen, Germany to full-time operation following an increase in demand from solar sector customers, the German chemicals producer said on Monday.
The company had introduced short-term working hours at the site in early October 2012, bringing the plant down to around two thirds of full utilisation as a result of falling demand for the material.
The situation turned around in January this year, when above-expectation demand exceeded the plant’s full capacity, according to the company.
“We sold more polysilicon than expected in January. Our order intake has increased so much over the last few weeks that plant-utilisation levels are currently insufficient to produce the quantities ordered,” said Ewald Schindlbeck, president of Wacker’s polysilicon subsidiary.
Wacker's polysilicon production capacity at the Burghausen plant is 37,000 tonnes per year, following debottlenecking measures last year adding 5,000 tonnes/year of additional capacity at the site. Wacker's global polysilicon production capacity currently stands at 52,000 tonnes/year.
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