GCL-Poly hits 3.5 GW wafer production capacity

The company started expansion of its business from polysilicon production to ingot production and wafer slicing in the second half of 2009. Then this July, the first phase of its 650 megawatts (MWs) silicon wafer slicing project in Xuzhou reached full production capacity.

Silicon wafer projects in Changzhou and Suzhou, in China, as well as the expansion project of Konca Solar, also commenced operation and ramped up to full production capacity successively.

Mr. Shu Hua, executive director and executive president of GCL-Poly commented: "To build a vertically-integrated photovoltaic supply chain and thereby to meet the strong demand from market development in the photovoltaic industry, as well as to provide the market with high-quality silicon products and services, GCL-Poly has been quickly expanding its photovoltaic business (…).

"On 30 November 2010," he continued, "with the announcement of attaining production capacity of the phase I 600 MW silicon wafer project in Suzhou, it was then marked the full production capacity of 3.5 GW silicon wafers a month ahead of schedule."

Cell and module manufacturing plans scrapped

In other news, Digitimes has reported that GCL-Poly will not enter into solar cell and module manufacturing. According to the news source, company CEO and chairman, Zhu Gongshan, has said that instead, it plans to improve services to Taiwan-based solar cell clients and possibly establish a research and development center on the island.