Chinese PV Industry Brief: Zhonghuan Semiconductor raises wafer prices


Solar manufacturer Zhonghuan Semiconductor has increased the prices of all its 170um-thick solar wafers, a week after competitor Longi made the same move. The price of the former's 166mm, ‘M6' wafers rose 3.13% from last week, to RMB5.28 per piece (US$0.82). For 210mm, G12 products the price rose 2%, to RMB8.33 per piece (US$1.29), and customers will have to pay RMB5.18 per piece (US$0.80) for Zhonghuan's 158.75mm, G1 products, which saw a 3.19% price rise.

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