The factory will be the Siemens method-based facilities with an annual production capacity of 6,000 tons. Tokuyama plans to produce polycrystalline silicon for solar cells at the time of the start of operations.

This decision has no effect on the company’s performance for this fiscal year (the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010).

In preparation for this, Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. will be newly established in Sarawak in August 2009 as a company to manufacture and sell polycrystalline silicon. Employees for the new company are to number about 300 people at the time of the start-up of operations, about 280 of whom will be hired locally.