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Polysilicon costs forces wafer makers to increase price

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The increasing price of China's polysilicon spot market has triggered price hikes in Asia's polysilicon market. Because of this, the costs for wafer manufacturers have increased. Continual material price upticks are compressing silicon wafer manufacturer's profits. Under operation pressure, manufactures are considering raising silicon wafer prices.

According to EnergyTrend, the Chinese polysilicon market's continual price surge indicates a beneficial exterior environment for manufacturers operations. Due to this surge, price increases are unlikely to stop anytime soon. Although the Chinese government has imposed anti-dumping duties on polysilicon imports, Chinese polysilicon manufacturers product quality, costs, and shipment capacity still lags behind large international brands. As a result, there were no significant decreases in China's imports and purchase of raw materials. The industry still relies heavily on raw material imports.

Since China's polysilicon anti-dumping duties came into effect, the custom process period for imported raw materials has been extended. In addition, uncertainties surrounding future market development have caused suppliers to be rather passive in preparing raw materials. As a result prices in the polysilicon spot market remain high.

From a current cost perspective there, there is still room for minor price adjustments. After the recent agreement between the EU and China, module prices were at about $0.74/watt and have nearly become the base price used to calculate costs in the industry. By deducting module and cell manufacturing costs from this price, silicon wafer prices can be maintained at about $0.3/watt. From a cost perspective, silicon wafer manufacturers still believe there is room for price adjustments. In general wafer manufacturers psychology tends to orient towards making up with price upticks since they believe they had not raised prices in the last price wave.





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