Duisburg, July 17, 2020. Due to the imminent production stop of our silicon metal plant in Iceland, which will last for several weeks, PCC BakkiSilicon hf., Húsavík, will continue to purchase significantly less quartzite from our quarry at PCC Silicium S.A., Zagórze (Poland), than originally expected. Fortunately, PCC Silicium has so far been able to almost completely compensate for this “shortage” by increasing deliveries of quartzite qualities that are not suitable as raw material for our plant in Iceland to customers in Poland and Slovakia. These customers increased their production of ferroalloys due to the currently relatively low prices for energy and for CO2 certificates compared to the previous year. Therefore, these customers ordered corresponding quantities for the current and the fourth quarter. In addition, the sale of ballast for road and rail construction remains at a very high level.