Dow has completed a new production line for its Enlight polyolefin encapsulant film in Schkopau, Germany, and begun shipping commercial quantities to customers.
According to the company, this new production line not only marks a substantial increase in global capacity, but also means that Dow is now able to supply its customers in the photovoltaic industry from within individual regions in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Since 2010, Dow has tripled its production capacity for photovoltaic film. Shortly after the second photovoltaic film production plant was inaugurated in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, in early 2012, construction of this third production line in Germany began.
‘The Schkopau site is based at the heart of the so-called solar valley with proximity to leading photovoltaic companies and research institutes in central Germany,’ notes Reiner Roghmann, site director for central Germany at Dow.