JAPAN: Tokuyama Corp. has decided to conduct a second-phase construction project to build an additional polycrystalline silicon plant (hereinafter referred to as “second-phase plant”) at the Samalaju Industrial Park in Sarawak, Malaysia.
The second-phase plant will produce polycrystalline silicon for solar cells at an annual production capacity of 13,800 tons. The plant construction costs are estimated to be approximately ¥100 billion. The construction is scheduled to commence in April 2012, and the company aims to start operation in January 2015.
When the construction of the second-phase project is completed, the total annual production capacity of Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, will be 20,000 tons in Malaysia, combined with capacity of the plant under construction.
Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. will acquire property, plant and equipment related to this project.
Tokuyama has designated the polycrystalline silicon business as a core strategically growing business in its Centennial Vision and is actively expanding its polycrystalline silicon operations. Tokuyama’s present goal is to raise its current global share of polycrystalline silicon for solar cells, which is estimated to be about 5 percent to 10 percent or more, while maintaining its current global share of polycrystalline silicon semiconductors of 20 percent or more.
The decision mentioned above has no effect on the company’s performance for the current fiscal year (April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012).