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Head Office 
Timminco Limited
150 King Street West, Suite 2401
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 1J9
T:  (416) 364-5171 
F: (416) 364-3451
Silicon Business
Bécancour Silicon Inc.
6500 rue Yvon-Trudeau
Bécancour, Quebec
G9H 2V8
T: (819) 294-6000 
F: (819) 294-9001

About Timminco:

Corporate Profile

Timminco produces solar grade silicon for the solar photovoltaic energy industry. Using its proprietary, patent pending technology, Timminco purifies silicon metal into solar grade silicon (also known as upgraded metallurgical silicon) for use in the manufacture of solar cells. Timminco also produces silicon metal for use in a broad range of industrial applications serving the aluminum, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive industries.

Contact Us

Silicon Customers:
  For Analyst & Institutional Investor Inquiries:
Robert J. Dietrich
    Executive Vice President - Finance & CFO
Other inquiries:
  Timminco Ltd.
T: 416.364.5171
Head Office:
Timminco Limited
150 King Street West, Suite 2401
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 1J9
  For Media & Retail Investor Inquiries: 
Lawrence Chamberlain
T: 416.364.5171
  The Equicom Group
T: 416.815.0700 x 257 

Products & Operations

Silicon Metal

 With more than 30 years of experience, we are one of North America's largest producers of silicon metal and ferrosilicon. Our 70-acre facility in Bécancour, Québec has an annual production capacity of 50,000 metric tons (mt) per year. Our silicon metal products are used primarily in the chemical, electronics, aluminum, iron and steel industries, as well as for the production of polysilicon by suppliers to the manufacturers of solar cells for the solar photovoltaic (PV) energy industry. In addition, our silicon metal is used as feedstock for our solar silicon production (see Solar Grade Silicon for more information). Our proprietary compound electrode processes and access to low electricity prices available in Québec, Canada provide us with significant cost advantages in the industry.

To learn more about our Solar Grade Silicon Business, please click here.

The following table summarizes the principal products of our silicon group (excluding the solar grade silicon product line), the principal industries to which we market these products and examples of applications in which our products are used:

Product Industry Customer Application
Silicon Metal
Silicon metal -
chemical grade
(>99% pure)
Chemical/silicones More than 4,000 different consumer products (sealants, rubber, fluids, lubricants, textiles, cosmetics)
Silicon metal - electronics grade
(98% purity)
Electronics (computer chip wafers, semi-conductors, solar cells, fiber optic cables), high purity fumed silica (pharmaceutical substrates, tires)
Silicon metal - aluminum grade
(> 98.5% purity)
Aluminum/light metals Alloying agent in aluminum mainly used for automobile components (engine pistons, housing, cast aluminum rims, wheel suspensions, engine blocks, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, oil pans)
90% ferrosilicon Iron foundries/steel Specialty foundry alloys
Other Products
Silica fumes Construction Ingredient in cement for marine structures or bridge foundations; thermal insulator
Dross and silicon-containing slags Iron foundries/Steel Manufacture of briquettes used to increase silicon content in certain kinds of iron

Over the past three decades, we have established ourselves as one of North America’s largest producers of silicon metal and ferrosilicon products.

Solar Grade Silicon

We are leveraging our 30 years of experience and expertise in the production of metallurgical silicon to produce and market solar grade silicon (also known as upgraded metallurgical silicon or UMG-Si) for the high growth solar photovoltaic (PV) energy industry. Our proprietary, patents-pending metallurgical processes enable us to purify metallurgical grade silicon into higher purity solar grade silicon for use in the manufacture of solar cells. As the global demand for energy increases, conventional energy prices continue to rise and the world increasingly looks to clean, renewable sources for their energy needs, solar energy has emerged as a viable alternative. As a result, the solar energy industry has experienced massive growth in recent years and is forecast to continue to experience strong growth in the decades to come.

Our proprietary purification processes yield solar grade silicon with a purity level of at least 99.999% (or “5-nines”) and impurity counts of boron and phosphorous that enable it to be used in solar cells, a critical component in solar modules (or panels), which convert solar energy into an electrical current. The purity of our material allows for the production of solar cells by either blending it with polysilicon (historically the primary input in the production of solar cells) or using our material exclusively. As we continue to refine our process and improve the purity of our material, we expect our customers will increasingly use our material in an unblended manner.

Our proprietary process provides us with significant competitive advantages over traditional polysilicon producers:

  1. Lower operating costs: Our production process is expected to produce solar grade silicon at a cost equal to less than half that of traditional polysilicon producers. This is partly due to a significantly lower volume of electricity used in our purification process.
  2. Rapid scale-up and lower capital costs: We expect to be able to add production capacity at a significantly faster rate and lower cost than that of traditional polysilicon producers. Whereas polysilicon producers typically require three to four years to meaningfully increase capacity, we can do so in less than a year. Our solar silicon purification facility can also be built for less than 10% of the capital investment made for polysilicon plants for equivalent capacity.
  3. Synergies with in-house silicon metal production: We expect to benefit from production synergies by having both our silicon metal and solar silicon purification facilities on the same site. Efficiency gains are expected from the use of silicon metal in molten form as feedstock for our solar purification facility, resulting in reduced cycle time and energy costs.

With the advantages of a low-cost structure and rapid capacity scale-up that we expect from our proprietary silicon purification process, we are well positioned to capitalize on the massive growth in the solar PV energy industry.

With the advantages of a low cost structure and rapid capacity scale-up that we expect from our proprietary silicon purification process, we are well positioned to capitalize on the massive growth in the solar PV energy industry.

We are a leader in the production and marketing of lightweight metals, specializing in solar grade silicon for the rapidly growing solar photovoltaic industry.

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#34   Q4:net loss and negative EBIDTA!down she goes alexander77 03/16/11 02:13:11 AM
#33   timminco:I looked to other message boards and everybody alexander77 11/10/10 01:11:09 AM
#32   tomorrow should prove interesting indeed! transparentposter 11/09/10 05:25:58 PM
#31   Great Q results:tomorrow +1CAD for sure: alexander77 11/09/10 05:01:32 PM
#30   RT .43, you made a wise choise buying alexander77 11/08/10 11:38:00 AM
#29   Going to buy an extra package. joris vdp 11/08/10 10:44:47 AM
#28   0.42 (+6 %) for the moment :) Pietrpolos 11/08/10 09:56:48 AM
#27   It will explode to 0.50 :) Pietrpolos 11/08/10 09:16:44 AM
#26   0.41 already :) joris vdp 11/08/10 08:33:24 AM
#25   How high will we go today? joris vdp 11/08/10 02:47:47 AM
#23   1 CAD next week seems to me a joris vdp 11/06/10 09:23:32 AM
#22   It is a good sign that timminco gets alexander77 11/06/10 08:48:40 AM
#21   Without doubt, Timminco will release better figures than Pietrpolos 11/06/10 08:44:34 AM
#20   Price of silicon metal has risen between 15-20% alexander77 11/06/10 08:43:07 AM
#19   Afterwarts analysts will give timminco a "buy" or alexander77 11/06/10 08:41:53 AM
#18   Every market day the volume is increasing. Wednesday, alexander77 11/06/10 08:40:56 AM
#17   Next week will be great. Figures coming out joris vdp 11/06/10 07:39:45 AM
#16   Smart move. RT now at .38; if Q3 alexander77 11/05/10 01:01:05 PM
#15   in @ .31 transparentposter 11/04/10 09:44:33 AM
#14   TSE:TIM: JACKPOT! alexander77 11/02/10 08:55:44 AM
#13   TSE:TIM: the price of silicon metal has risen alexander77 10/29/10 02:39:28 PM
#12   Timminco:power hou may start now: 161500 at the alexander77 10/28/10 03:21:21 PM
#11   Seems that Timminco has bottommed.Q3 speculation can begin. alexander77 10/27/10 01:04:02 PM
#9   Timminco also produces solar grade silicon, using its OttomanRosendahl 12/14/09 10:40:48 AM
#8   How many Shares are Outstanding ? OttomanRosendahl 12/14/09 10:37:58 AM
#7   Is there an Change to make any Profit OttomanRosendahl 12/14/09 10:35:39 AM
#6   Why is Timminco traded at PK ? OttomanRosendahl 12/14/09 10:34:25 AM
#5   Absolutely...and to think I was kicking myself when mukluks 08/09/09 07:24:20 PM
#4   price polysilicon down investorsster 08/09/09 08:55:08 AM
#3   Has had a lot of huge down days Stock 08/05/09 10:51:02 AM
#2   Another huge up day.... mukluks 08/05/09 10:44:15 AM
#1   PINK SHEETS TIMNF Stock 06/07/09 11:57:27 PM
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