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Dow commences encapsulant film production in Thailand

3 August 2012

Dow Chemical Company has commenced production of Enlight Polyolefin Encapsulant Films at its Map Ta Phut facility in Thailand.

The second site operations will double Dow's global production capacity and help the company to meet growing demand for technology, which is used to harness solar power.

"The films are used in photovoltaic solar panels and provide many advantages over existing materials for solar panel manufacturers."

The films are used in photovoltaic solar panels and provide many advantages over existing materials for solar panel manufacturers, according to Dow.

Jerry Pritchett, Dow Performance Plastics photovoltaic business global business director, said the company is thrilled to have the capacity come on stream.

"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," Pritchett added.

Jirasak Singmaneechai, Thailand Country Manager for Dow, said: "The Map Ta Phut operation has been built with the latest energy efficiency techniques and supports our strategy to further enhance and expand our presence in Thailand."

Dow is will also offer different grades of encapsulant films to help customers develop formulations to meet specific needs.

Brij Sinha, Dow Photovoltaic business global strategic marketing associate director, said 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," Sinha added.

Dow, which has a production facility in Findlay, Ohio, US, since December 2010, is also constructing a third manufacturing site for this film in Schkopau, Germany, to add additional capacity.

The second site operations will double the global production capacity of Dow, while the company is also constructing a third manufacturing site for the film in Schkopau, Germany.