Taipei (Taiwan) - The silicon wafers used for the solar cell industry have increased significantly in price this quarter. 6" wafers are currently priced between $9.20 and $9.30 each. The Taiwanese solar cell makers claim this is an unacceptably high price. When the wafers exceeded $9 in November there was an outcry. The additional 3% has pushed the price beyond $9, what was considered to be the ceiling. As a result, silicon solar cell makers are now forced to reduce the number of products they buy, sending ripples downstream to end-product retailers.
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