The next phase of manufacturing expansion will take place at Dow’s integrated site in Schkopau, Germany. This facility will come on-stream in 2013, and will be Dow’s third manufacturing facility, behind Findlay, Ohio and Map Ta Phut.
Dow is also a partner in the new Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster, or “ SolarKunststoff,” which was opened at the Dow ValuePark in Schkopau at the end of October. Fraunhofer will use this site to coordinate the activities of solar and plastics producers across Central Germany in an effort to drive technological advancement in the sector.
“Dow is committed to finding new and innovative ways to leverage the capabilities of polyolefin technology for the most demanding needs of the growing solar industry,” said Brij Sinha, Associate Director of Global Strategic Marketing for Dow’s Photovoltaic business. “We are using what we learn from working closely with leading module manufacturers around the world to design new products and manufacturing systems to enable them to make panels with improved processing, enhanced performance and lower total lifetime systems costs. Leading industry reports underscore the demand for performance and cost improvements in photovoltaic materials. Dow’s polyolefin-based ENLIGHT™ Film Technology can help do just that.”
Dow’s Photovoltaic Business is one of seven Dow businesses that serve the needs of the solar value chain – through solar farms, rigid and flexible photovoltaic modules, concentrated solar power systems and solar shingles for residential use.About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.