Increasing production is part of the previously announced multi-phase USD$295 million investment, said the company, to more than double Tedlar film capacity for the "fast-growing" PV industry. It added that additional Tedlar film production is expected to start up at Circleville, Ohio, next September.
Starting up this new line of polymer resin production for Tedlar film is a critical step necessary for us to meet the overwhelming customer demand for this essential solar panel backsheet material, said David B. Miller, president of DuPont Electronics & Communications.
DuPont said it expects the PV market to grow rapidly over the next few years. The company additionally predicts that overall sales of its PV products will exceed USD$1 billion next year and USD$2 billion by 2014.