PVinsights :Significant cell price downtrend in Aug due to dramatic price cut from Taiwanese cells.

Overall cell price decreases significantly this week as a result of the US preliminary antidumping ruling. Under the 2014 US antidumping ruling, Chinese solar companies can no longer circumvent the antidumping duty as they did through the loophole of the 2012 US antidumping case.

Overall module price moderately drops this week. Module price in the US rises up after the announcement of the US preliminary antidumping ruling against Chinese and Taiwanese solar cells and modules. With high penalty tariff imposed on Chinese module makers, Chinese module price can no longer be competitive. As such, overall US module price level increases this week under stable Chinese module prices. However, module prices in Japan, China, EU, and emerging markets are still declining. In order to maintain sales volume under weakening US demand, Chinese and Taiwanese module makers shift their shipments from the US to other regions and cut module prices aggressively, putting much pressure on the local manufacturers. In China, weak deployment also drags down module prices. Therefore, overall module price level drops with price increases in the US and price decreases in China, EU, and emerging markets.


Overall cell price decreases significantly this week as a result of the US preliminary antidumping ruling. Under the 2014 US antidumping ruling, Chinese solar companies can no longer circumvent the antidumping duty as they did through the loophole of the 2012 US antidumping case. As such, Chinese module makers cut procurement of Taiwanese cells, which in turn negatively impact Taiwanese cell prices. Chinese cell price is also impacted by the Taiwanese cell pricing downtrend. In addition, many cell companies transfer part of the cell production from multi cells to the relatively high-profit mono cells. Accordingly, mono cell price drop this week with increasing supply.

Overall wafer price drops this week. In China, wafer makers suffer from high inventory and weak domestic downstream demand. Taiwanese wafer companies previously believed that wafer demand would recover after the announcement of the US antidumping ruling so they maintained high utilization rate. However, with the unfavorable US case outcome, Taiwanese cell companies cut utilization and cell prices seriously, which puts great pressure on wafer demand and price. Both Chinese and Taiwanese wafer producers cut their prices in order to adjust inventory level. On the other hand, wafer companies outside Taiwan and China suffer less from the wafer price cut as they are free from any US antidumping duty. Mono wafer price also moderately drop this week under price cut pressure from mono cells. The unfavorable US antidumping ruling negatively impacts mono solar component price.

Polysilicon price declines slightly this week. Despite severe cell pricing downtrend and the overall weak downstream demand, wafer companies have not yet cut utilization seriously. As such, polysilicon demand remains quite stable supporting their price level.

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