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Wacker Raises Polysilicon Capacity at Burghausen

10:32 AM MDT | August 1, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

Wacker Chemie says it will spend €400 million ($540 million) to add 7,000 m.t./year of polysilicon capacity at Burghausen, Germany, raising its total there to 21,500 m.t./year. The project, combined with expansion measures already under way, will more than triple Wacker’s nameplate production capacity at Burghausen from the current 6,500 m.t./year. Completion of the new plant, which will lead to the creation of 200 jobs, is expected in 2010. Wacker says that the expansion in response to soaring global demand for hyperpure polycrystalline silicon. The...

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