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Norway: Silicon-Metal Wacker Expands Silicon-Metal Capacities in Norway

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Wacker Chemie is expanding the capacity of its silicon-metal site at Holla in Norway by constructing an additional plant with world-scale annual capacity.

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Liquid silicon metal flows out of ladles onto a bed of silicon sand, where it can cool and solidify.
Liquid silicon metal flows out of ladles onto a bed of silicon sand, where it can cool and solidify.
(Source: Wacker Chemie)

Holla/Norway — Capital expenditures of around € 85 million are budgeted for the capacity increase and for expanding local infrastructure, the company announced. Completion of the plant is expected during the first half of 2019.

“Expanding our silicon-metal capacity at this site is a key strategic step in our sourcing of raw materials” said Wacker Chemie AG’s CEO, Rudolf Staudigl, as he explained the reasons behind the investment decision. “At present, Holla covers around a quarter of our silicon-metal requirements. Capacity expansion there is necessary to maintain this scale of coverage in the future. The fact that we produce silicon metal ourselves makes us more independent of price fluctuations on raw-material markets and, at the same time, boosts the reliability of our supplies during peak-demand periods”.

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