DuPont has completed an investment of $175 million in a multi-phase expansion of its DuPont Tedlar PV2001 series-oriented film production line. This investment is in addition to $120 million in capacity expansions announced in August 2009 for raw materials used to make the film, bringing the total commitment of these two phases to $295 million.
Tedlar films serve as the critical component of photovoltaic backsheets, providing long-term durability and performance for photovoltaic modules in all-weather conditions, according to the company.
The film line expansion will be located at the DuPont Circleville, Ohio, facility using existing and retrofitted assets. This expansion provides Tedlar-oriented film capacity to support global demand of over 10 GW of photovoltaic module production. Film production is scheduled to start up in September 2011.