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Dow Corning president and CEO Robert D. Hansen’s response to China Ministry of Commerce proceedings on U.S. polysilicon
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement can be attributed to Robert D.
Hansen, president and CEO, Dow Corning Corporation, the majority
shareholder of Hemlock Semiconductor Group.
On behalf of Dow Corning Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor Group, I
am disappointed that the United States and China have yet to negotiate a
sustainable, mutually beneficial settlement to the global trade issues that
have arisen in the solar industry. This review is part of a broader trade
conflict extending far beyond the polysilicon and solar industries, as an
escalating number of trade disputes have been initiated throughout the globe in
the last 12 months. This issue is serious and could impact Hemlock
Semiconductor’s ability to sell material to China – its largest market – if the
Chinese government assesses duties against U.S. manufactured polysilicon sold
This case proves that no country or industry wins when trade disputes
escalate. In China, these actions threaten the Chinese solar industry’s access
to the critical technical collaboration and material supply companies like
Hemlock Semiconductor currently provide Chinese solar cell and module
producers. This could lead to higher costs and potentially less globally
competitive solar products from China. In the United States, more than $1
billion of U.S. exports and potentially thousands of U.S. jobs across the solar
value chain are at risk – as is the steady growth of the U.S. solar
Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor will continue to work closely
with government officials from the U.S. and China to express the need for trade
policies that acknowledge the dynamics and opportunities of a new and emerging
global industry. Ultimately, I am optimistic that a reasonable and mutually
acceptable resolution is within reach which will enable and foster growth and
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) provides
performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000
customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and
innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the
company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally
owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of
Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.
Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the
American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set
of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical
products and processes.
About Hemlock Semiconductor Group
Hemlock Semiconductor Group (hscpoly.com) consists of several
joint venture companies owned by Dow Corning Corporation, Shin-Etsu
Handotai and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation. Hemlock Semiconductor is a
leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products
used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules.
Hemlock Semiconductor began its operations in 1961.
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