Dow Chemical said Wednesday that it has begun production in
Thailand for ENLIGHT polyolefin encapsulant films for
use in photovoltaic solar panels.
Were thrilled to have this capacity come on
stream, said Jerry Pritchett, global business director
for the performance plastics photovoltaic business.
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
The Map Ta Phut, Thailand site will allow Dow to double global
production capacity immediately, the company said.
Dow is also constructing a third manufacturing site for this
film in Schkopau, Germany, which will also bring additional
Dow has had a production facility in Findlay, Ohio, since
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,
said Jirasak Singmaneechai, Thailand manager for Dow.
The new production facility has created approximately 35 new
jobs, bringing 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.
Thailand is home to Dows largest manufacturing
operations in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the
Further details on the technical specifications of the films
can be read here.