Wacker boosts German plant's polysilicon production capacity

Wacker Chemie has decided to increase manufacturing capacities at its Burghausen-based polysilicon plants, ending short-time work at the facilities.

The move is in response to the growing demand from its solar-sector customers, according to the German chemical company.

Wacker Polysilicon president Ewald Schindlbeck said the company sold more polysilicon than expected in January 2013.

"The move is in response to the growing demand from its solar-sector customers."

"Our order intake has increased so much over the last few weeks that plant-utilization levels are currently insufficient to produce the quantities ordered," Schindlbeck added.

The company could align capacities to customer needs at very short notice due to its modern and flexible technologies, according to Schindlbeck.

In early October 2012, Wacker had scaled back production and introduced the short-time work schedule at its Burghausen site after a supply glut sent prices below manufacturing costs.

Founded in 1914, Wacker Chemie runs more than 25 manufacturing sites in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The company's product range includes silicone rubbers, polymer products such as ethylene vinyl acetate redispersible polymer powder, chemical materials, polysilicon and wafers for the semiconductor industry.