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Wacker ends short-time working as polysilicon demand improves

12:11 PM MST | February 12, 2013

Wacker Chemie says it has ended the short-time working at its Burghausen, Germany, polysilicon manufacturing facilities. Wacker took this decision amid growing demand from its solar-sector customers. The company is also ramping up its capacities, which are currently at two-thirds of full utilization, to serve the growing demand. “We sold more polysilicon than expected in January,” says Ewald Schindlbeck, president of Wacker Polysilicon. “Our order intake has increased so much over the last few weeks that plant utilization levels are currently insufficient...

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