Chinese grade-553 silicon export prices moved down to $1,900-1,960 per tonne on April 13, from $1,940-1,980 per tonne one week ago.
Cheap materials and weak demand continue to weigh on the light metal’s price.
Refineries in Sichuan and Yunnan province are offering lower prices for material they produced last year before the curtailment in production over winter, market participants said.
“It’s usual practice for refineries to keep some stocks and sell them in March or April when prices remain strong on tightened supply before rainy season starts so that they could use the payment for purchasing raw materials and prepare for the restart of operations,” a trader said.
“However, the price is actually moving in the opposite way and refineries have to...