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About Silicon. Silicon, an abundantly available element in the Earth's crust, stands as a foundational element in various industrial applications, particularly within the electronics sector. Extracted primarily from quartz, Silicon undergoes a high-temperature reduction process to produce Metallurgical-grade Silicon, forming the basis for semiconductor manufacturing. As the second most prevalent element on Earth, Silicon's distinctive properties make it integral to the production of semiconductors, serving as the core material for electronic devices.

Beyond its electronic applications, Silicon plays a critical role in renewable energy, medicine, metallurgy and consumer products. Serving as a key component in solar cells, Silicon facilitates the conversion of sunlight into clean and sustainable energy, an ever growing industry. Additionally, Silicon is a key component in the production of silicone, a versatile material with applications ranging from medical implants to adhesives and other consumer products. In metallurgy, Silicon's alloying capabilities enhance material properties, contributing to the production of lightweight and durable alloys.

The intricate journey of Silicon – from extraction to application – involves advanced manufacturing processes to ensure the purity required for intricate electronic components. Silicon's adaptability and ubiquity continue to drive innovation across diverse sectors, shaping the technological landscape and contributing to advancements in connectivity, sustainability, and industrial progress.

Silicon Handling. Silicon in its elemental form is quite inert, so transportation is usually done in drums by railroad, trucks or ocean shipping. Silicon oxide dust, which sometimes is present in silicon, is considered hazardous, so adequate breathing apparatus should be used in handling. It is worth mentioning that many Silicon compounds are dangerous (especially those containing chloride or bromine), and decompose in the presence of moisture, forming acidic fumes.

Silicon Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Silicon are listed below.

  • Quartz + metallurgical coke (arc/carbothermal reduction),
  • Silicon dioxide + aluminum metal (aluminothermal reduction)

Silicon Uses. The uses and applications of Silicon may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Silicon are ferrosilicon; regular grade (97% minimum purity); semiconductor/hyperpure grade (99.97% minimum purity); metallurgical grade; and amorphous grade.

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Data Legend. The chart above shows Silicon price assessments in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt) in 4 locations, as follows:

  • Silicon, US (United States): Silicon, import transaction price, cif, United States (netforward from fob Brazil)
  • Silicon, EUR (Europe): Silicon, import transaction price, cif, Germany (netforward from fob Norway)
  • Silicon, SAM (South America): Silicon, export transaction price, fob, Brazil
  • Silicon (99%), CN (China): Silicon (silicon 441, 99% Si content), domestic spot price, exw, China

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Silicon Price Outlook. The price of Silicon (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 2,340 USD per metric ton, which represents a considerable decline of 8% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Silicon (United States) decreased significantly by 10%. Meanwhile, the average price of Silicon (China) amounted to 1,730 USD per metric ton, from 2,170 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Silicon (China) is 3% lower than the price one month before.

The price of Silicon (Europe) declined throughout April 2019, reaching 2,140 USD per metric ton.  The price is 5% lower than the average price in the previous month and 15% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Silicon (South America) decreased significantly during April 2019, reaching 2,270 USD per metric ton, which means a decline of 8% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 10% from the previous year’s price. 

About Silicon. Silicon, an abundantly available element in the Earth's crust, stands as a foundational element in various industrial applications, particularly within the electronics sector. Extracted primarily from quartz, Silicon undergoes a high-temperature reduction process to produce Metallurgical-grade Silicon, forming the basis for semiconductor manufacturing. As the second most prevalent element on Earth, Silicon's distinctive properties make it integral to the production of semiconductors, serving as the core material for electronic devices.

Beyond its electronic applications, Silicon plays a critical role in renewable energy, medicine, metallurgy and consumer products. Serving as a key component in solar cells, Silicon facilitates the conversion of sunlight into clean and sustainable energy, an ever growing industry. Additionally, Silicon is a key component in the production of silicone, a versatile material with applications ranging from medical implants to adhesives and other consumer products. In metallurgy, Silicon's alloying capabilities enhance material properties, contributing to the production of lightweight and durable alloys.

The intricate journey of Silicon – from extraction to application – involves advanced manufacturing processes to ensure the purity required for intricate electronic components. Silicon's adaptability and ubiquity continue to drive innovation across diverse sectors, shaping the technological landscape and contributing to advancements in connectivity, sustainability, and industrial progress.

Silicon Handling. Silicon in its elemental form is quite inert, so transportation is usually done in drums by railroad, trucks or ocean shipping. Silicon oxide dust, which sometimes is present in silicon, is considered hazardous, so adequate breathing apparatus should be used in handling. It is worth mentioning that many Silicon compounds are dangerous (especially those containing chloride or bromine), and decompose in the presence of moisture, forming acidic fumes.

Silicon Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Silicon are listed below.

  • Quartz + metallurgical coke (arc/carbothermal reduction),
  • Silicon dioxide + aluminum metal (aluminothermal reduction)

Silicon Uses. The uses and applications of Silicon may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Silicon are ferrosilicon; regular grade (97% minimum purity); semiconductor/hyperpure grade (99.97% minimum purity); metallurgical grade; and amorphous grade.

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