Ad-hoc disclosure of October 17, 2008

Ad hoc disclosure according to Sec. 15 WpHG (German Securities Trading Act) of October 17, 2008

Wacker Chemie AG / Strategic Corporate Decisions / Production Capacity Expansion

WACKER to build new Production Plant for Polysilicon in Nünchritz

Munich, Oct 17, 2008

Wacker Chemie AG plans to construct a new polysilicon production plant at its Nünchritz site (Saxony, Germany) with a nominal annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons. In its meeting today, the company’s Supervisory Board has taken a decision to this end. The first batch of polysilicon from this “capacity expansion phase 9” project is scheduled for Q1 2011. The new plant is expected to achieve full capacity by the end of 2011. WACKER has budgeted some €760 million for the project. The company has additionally decided to raise the nominal annual capacity planned for Burghausen’s “expansion phase 8” (currently under construction) from 7,000 to 10,000 metric tons. Thanks to these and other ongoing expansion measures, WACKER’s polysilicon capacity by year-end 2011 will reach 35,500 metric tons annually.

This output expansion will enable WACKER to meet the accelerating global demand it expects for hyperpure polycrystalline silicon. Already the world’s second-largest polysilicon producer, the company intends to reinforce and extend its market position in this sector. For coming years, WACKER anticipates continued double-digit annual growth in polysilicon demand by the solar industry. The company likewise expects higher polysilicon demand by the electronics industry.


Wacker Chemie AG
Hanns-Seidel-Platz 4
D-81737 München

Jörg Hoffmann
Tel. +49 89 6279-1633

Additional Information

ISIN: DE000WCH8881
Deutsche Boerse : WCH
Ticker Bloomberg CHM/WCK.GR
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Listing: Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse), Official Market (Prime Standard)


This publication contains forward-looking statements based on assumptions and estimates of WACKER’s Executive Board. Although we assume the expectations in these forward-looking statements are realistic, we cannot guarantee they will prove to be correct. The assumptions may harbor risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual figures to differ considerably from the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such discrepancies include changes in the economic and business environment, variations in exchange and interest rates, the introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance for new products or services, and changes in corporate strategy. WACKER does not plan to update its forward-looking statements, nor does it assume the obligation to do so.

This document includes supplemental financial measures (not clearly defined in the applicable financial reporting framework) that are or may be alternative performance measures (APM). These supplemental financial measures should not be viewed in isolation or as alternatives to measures of WACKER’s net assets and financial positions or results of operations as presented in accordance with the applicable financial reporting framework in its Consolidated Financial Statements. Other companies that report or describe similarly titled alternative performance measures may calculate them differently. Explanations of financial measures used can be found in the Annual Report of Wacker Chemie AG which is available for download under