NW Silicon courts offshore buyers, plans plant restart

Nov 30, 2010 | 12:55 PM | Anne Riley

The possible ramping up of an idled silicon facility in Addy, Wash., by startup producer Northwest Silicon LLC won't flood the domestic market with material, a company executive said, despite concerns from some market players claiming otherwise.

Northwest Silicon is in talks to sell as much as one-third of its expected 33,000-tonne-per-year output to an offshore silicon consumer, preventing an oversupply of the material in the domestic market if the proposed restart proves successful, company president David Tuten said.

"We are courting a particular export customer that would take away that tonnage from the U.S. market. It's possible a third of our production could be exported," he told AMM.....

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