21 February 2011 07:23 [Source: ICIS news]
SHANGHAI (ICIS)--US-based specialty chemicals producer Solutia said on Monday that production trials at its new ethyl vinyl acetate (EVA) solar encapsulants facility in Suzhou, China, would begin in March.
Commercial grade EVA encapsulants would be available in the second quarter of 2011, the company said in a statement, describing the development as a major project milestone.
Solutia said the new manufacturing centre would strengthen the company’s position as a supplier of high quality solar encapsulants and provide a platform for growth.
Chinese solar module manufacturers currently produce over half of all modules installed globally, the company said.
“By investing in growth markets like China, it improves our ability to reduce the total cost of production for module manufacturers and enhances our service levels by reducing lead times,” said Tim Wessel, president and general manager of Solutia’s Advanced Interlayers division.
The new plant is based at the company’s Suzhou manufacturing centre, which also produces Saflex polyvinyl butyral (PVB) films.
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