Dow Chemical breaks ground on Schkopau, Germany PV films plant

31 May 2012 16:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Dow Chemical on Thursday broke ground on a plant in Schkopau, Germany, that will produce polyolefin encapsulant films for the photovoltaic industry, the US-based chemicals major said.

Completion of construction is expected by the end of 2012. The plant will employ a staff of 35. 

Dow, which announced plans for the project last year, did not disclose investment or capacity details.

Dow said that its ENLIGHT-brand encapsulant films offer greater module stability and improved electrical performance, compared with encapsulants based on ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA).

Dow already produces ENLIGHT films in Findlay, Ohio, and it is building another films plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand.

The investment in Germany comes as a number of firms in that country’s photovoltaic (PV) industry filed for insolvency in recent months amid tough international competition and planned reductions in government subsidies for the PV sector.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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