3M plans ninth solar manufacturing site in China

The new venture, which is expected to break ground in the second quarter of 2011, will represent the company’s ninth manufacturing facility in China.

According to a statement released, 3M will produce a number of photovoltaic products there, including its Scotchshield solar backside barrier film, which is used in crystalline silicon modules.

Mike Roman, vice president and general manager, 3M Renewable Energy Division commented: "The state-of-the-art Hefei facility increases our production capacity of 3M’s solar materials portfolio at a location that is close to local customers and at a time when renewable energy is setting a precedent for the future."