Dow Chemical starts up Thai encapsulant film plant

Dow Chemical said Wednesday that it has begun production in Thailand for ENLIGHT polyolefin encapsulant films for use in photovoltaic solar panels.

“We’re 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 sector.”

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 capacity.

Dow has had a production facility in Findlay, Ohio, since December 2010.

“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 Dow’s largest manufacturing operations in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the company.

Further details on the technical specifications of the films can be read here.

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