POLYSILICON SHIPMENTS REACH 43,901 MT in 2008


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POLYSILICON SHIPMENTS REACH 43,901 MT in 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. –March 10, 2009Worldwide shipments for polysilicon consumed in the manufacture of both semiconductor and solar cell wafers reached 43,901 metric tons for the year, according to the SEMI. Total polysilicon shipments increased quarterly throughout 2008 as new capacity came online.

"Despite the slowdown in semiconductor activity late last year, polysilicon shipments for the 4th quarter still grew about seven percent versus the previous quarter,” said Dan P. Tracy, senior director of Industry Research and Statistics at SEMI. “This reflected the continued strong demand across the other major consuming sector the photovoltaic industry. With the onset of new capacities coming on-line this year, solar should be free of its perennial bottleneck. Combined with friendly policies now in place, the industry can be in an enviable position of driving economic recovery."

Quarterly Polysilicon Volume Shipment Trends-

Metric Tons

Metric Tons

Q1 2008

Q2 2008

Q3 2008

Q4 2008

8,921

10,549

11,814

12,617

Polysilicon is the fundamental building material for both semiconductor and solar cell wafers. Data is collected quarterly by SEMI as part of a data collection program that includes participation by DC Chemical, Hemlock Semiconductor Corp., MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., REC Silicon, Tokuyama Corp., and Wacker Chemie.

All data cited in this release are net shipments (gross shipments minus all returns) of polysilicon, including CZ Prime, CZ Offgrade, Float Zone (FZ) and Solar.

Companies interested in joining the polysilicon data program should contact SEMI PV at mktstats@semi.org. Also, please visit www.pvgroup.org for up to date information about PV activities within SEMI.

SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.semi.org.

ASSOCIATION CONTACTS:

Scott Smith/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.7957
E-mail: ssmith@semi.org

Dan Tracy/SEMI
Ph: 408.943.7987
E-mail: dtracy@semi.org