PVinsights : High inventory in the supply chain hinder its price increase.

Although some Chinese polysilicon makers would like to raise their prices, with high polysilicon inventory in the supply chain, polysilicon prices still decline this week.

PV and 2nd grade polysilicon prices drop this week as high inventory still exists in the supply chain. Spot polysilicon traded inside China is limited with companies existing contracts to fulfill, while trading is less active outside China as many polysilicon holders keep their inventory on hand in expectation of further price increase. Although some Chinese polysilicon makers would like to raise their prices, with high polysilicon inventory in the supply chain, polysilicon prices still decline this week. In addition, with yearend approaching, some Chinese solar companies dump polysilicon in the spot pressuring overall polysilicon prices.


Overall multi wafer price remain stable while high efficiency multi wafer price moderately increases this week. Multi wafer prices in China remain stable amid strong demand in the country. Some Chinese wafer companies can breakeven under the current price level, so they remain stable prices to maintain good relations with their customers. On the other hand, many non-Chinese wafer companies raise their prices with good demand as many of the cell companies still operate at full utilization. Since supply of average efficiency wafer is limited outside China, the price increase of non-Chinese wafer contributed to the high efficiency multi wafer price uptrend. Mono wafer price remain on the price decline, as the Chinese market prefers multi solar components over mono ones while price competition occurs in Japan and the EU.

Overall cell price remain stable this week. Although module price drop pressure cell prices, overall cell price is able to stay flat. However, Taiwanese cell companies face increasing price cut pressure with the approach of the holiday season in the US. On the other hand, demand in China remains solid; some first tier companies moderately increase their prices. Consequently, the price gap between Taiwanese and Chinese cells is narrowed.

Solar module price continues the decline this week. Module prices in China remain stable amid promising demand. On the other hand, module prices in EU and Japan continues to drop. In EU, non-Chinese module makers cut their prices without the minimum price floor requirement like that of their Chinese counterparts. While in Japan, Chinese module makers perform the competitive pricing strategy pressuring non-Chinese module makers to follow the price cut.

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