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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.
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