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2018.01.12
Michigan Workers Ask White House for Help with Chinese Trade Dispute


Hemlock Semiconductor and Other U.S. Polysilicon Manufacturers Blocked From Chinese Market Since 2014

This week, hundreds of employees of Hemlock Semiconductor (HSC) called on President Donald Trump to take action on behalf of U.S. (PDF) polysilicon manufacturing and work to restore the polysilicon industry’s access to China. Such action would sustain U.S. polysilicon manufacturing jobs and create opportunities for growth in Michigan and across the U.S.

Individual workers at HSC signed a letter with a message to support their high-quality, high value jobs in Michigan. “Failure to address the significant injury that our industry has suffered in this solar trade dispute will cause further harm to U.S. polysilicon producers and has the potential to cede global dominance in our strategic industry to China,” the letter says.

The letter tells President Trump, “We are in a fight for our future and need your help now.”

In 2012, the U.S. imposed duties on imports of Chinese and Taiwanese solar cells and modules, after finding that the Chinese were flooding the U.S. market with cheap panels and harming the ability of U.S. panel makers to sell their products. China also filed a trade action targeting U.S. polysilicon, the fundamental building block for solar cells and modules, and imposing significant duties on imports from the United States beginning in 2014.

As a result, since 2014, HSC and other U.S. polysilicon producers have not been able to competitively access the Chinese market, which represents 80 percent of global demand for polysilicon. In the past three years, the U.S. polysilicon industry has lost one third of its workforce.

Hundreds of HSC employees signed the letter to President Trump, which was delivered to the White House by HSC’s representatives.

Hemlock Semiconductor has been in business since 1961 and has approximately 1,500 employees and full-time contract jobs at its Thomas Twp. headquarters and manufacturing operations. In the past five years, the company shuttered many of its previous expansions as a result of the ongoing trade dispute, including the closure of a $1.2 billion plant built in Clarksville, Tenn.

“The U.S. polysilicon industry can again be a strong, strategically-important contributor and exporter to the electronics and solar industries if we’re allowed access to our customers in all parts of the world,” said Mark Bassett, president and CEO of Hemlock Semiconductor.

About Hemlock Semiconductor
Hemlock Semiconductor (hscpoly.com) is composed of several joint venture companies owned by The Dow Chemical Company, Corning Inc., and Shin-Etsu Handotai. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices, solar cells, and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began its operations in 1961.

For further information contact:

Brooke Beebe
Vice President of External Affairs
Hemlock Semiconductor
989.301.5521
brooke.beebe@hscpoly.com



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