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Updated February 02, 2018


Although the wafer market continued to witness lower prices in February, price quotes of polysilicon remain unclear. Due to the significant decline of demand, the sales volume may not increase much through lowering the prices. Currently, both polysilicon and wafer makers haven’t witnessed substantial increase in polysilicon stock, and therefore polysilicon manufacturers are still unwilling to offer lower price quotes yet, hoping to maintain stable prices until before the Lunar New Year.

Despite the weak transaction, the average trading prices of polysilicon have begun to drop for small-volume orders, reaching RMB 150-140/kg. Once prices start to drop for top-tier manufacturers, the overall polysilicon prices will drop significantly.


Wafer prices continued to reflect a downtrend since this week. Prices still changed each day. The diamond wire (DW) multi-Si wafer market still witnessed a plummet in prices, reaching RMB 4.1-3.8/kg for China and US$ 0.58-0.55/kg for the overseas markets, an over 5% dip within a week.

For mono-Si wafers, both top/second-tier manufacturers offer similar prices, leading to small changes in prices. The average trading price of mono-Si wafers reached RMB 5.2-5/piece in China and US$ 0.705-0.68/piece in the overseas. The price gap between mono and multi-Si wafers once again reached RMB 1.1/piece and US$ 13.5 cents.


In order to reduce inventories, multi-Si cell prices still dropped rapidly. The average trading price of multi-Si cells declined from RMB 1.4-1.45/W last week to RMB 1.35/W. Many cell manufacturers still can’t bear with the price and have continually lowered the capacity utilization rates. Meanwhile, the average trading price of conventional cells have dropped to RMB 1.57-1.6/W.


The mono and multi-Si module markets continued to witness lower prices. Yet, distributed generation (DG) projects are not that sensitive to prices compared to utility-scale projects. Recently, prices of conventional multi-Si modules reached RMB 2.6-2.65/W for DG projects and RMB 2.6/W for utility-scale projects. Due to the weak demand before and after the Lunar New Year, many module manufacturers will lower the capacity utilization rates in February.


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