Dow begins polyolefin encapsulant films production in Thailand

Dow begins polyolefin encapsulant films production in Thailand

10:09 AM, 2nd August 2012
Dow begins polyolefin encapsulant films production in Thailand
Dow headquarters in US.

MIDLAND, US: Dow Chemical Company has begun production in Thailand for ENLIGHT polyolefin encapsulant films for use in photovoltaic solar panels. “We continue to develop new generations of ENLIGHT films and are exploring new areas and applications for growth. Demand for photovoltaic modules remains strong and currently is projected to grow at 20 per cent a year globally, for the next several years,” said Jerry Pritchett, Global Business Director, Performance Plastics’ Photovoltaic business, Dow. “Market demand for these innovative encapsulant films remains very strong and this new production capacity will enable us to meet the needs of this fast-growing sector,” he added.

The Map Ta Phut, Thailand site allows Dow to double global production capacity immediately. Dow is also constructing a third manufacturing site for this film in Schkopau, Germany, which will also bring additional capacity. “The Map Ta Phut operation supports our strategy to further enhance and expand our presence in Thailand,” said Jirasak Singmaneechai, Country Manager, Thailand, Dow. The new production facility has created approximately 35 new jobs, which brings the total number of employees in Thailand to close to 1,000, nearly doubling the number of people working there in the past four years.

Dow offers a number of commercial grades of ENLIGHT encapsulant films to help customers develop formulations to meet their specific needs. “Converting solar energy into an efficient source of electricity is an area of expertise Dow will continue to develop. We are continuing to develop new generations of ENLIGHT films and are exploring new areas and applications for growth,” said Brij Sinha, Associate Director, Global Strategic Marketing, Photovoltaic business, Dow.

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