Solar Gard invests 12m in China manufacturing plant PV backsheet products

To meet increasing demand for its Quantum and Solar Gard branded window films and photovoltaic backsheet products, Solar Gard plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China.

January 25, 2011 — To meet increasing demand for its Quantum and Solar Gard branded window films and photovoltaic backsheet products, Solar Gard plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China.

News of the state-of-the art manufacturing plant in Shandong province was announced at Solar Gard’s
Annual Asian Distributor Conference in Xi Shuang Ban Na.

Technical, manufacturing and managerial employees will be hired for the Qingdao operations and to support the global expansion. Expected to open in early 2012, the Qingdao coating and laminating site will service customers predominantly in China and throughout Asia and is projected to contribute 25% revenue growth to Bekaert Specialty Films global operations.

“Solar Gard’s investment in China is part of our long-term strategy to be a global leader in window and specialty films and puts us right in the heart of our fastest growing market where speed, innovation and customer service are critical to success,” said Christophe Fremont, president of Bekaert Specialty Films LLC, manufacturer of Solar Gard and Quantum window films.

Our customer needs for both superior quality and environmentally friendly products are anticipated to also
drive significant growth in Solar Gard’s carbon-negative solar control architectural films and photovoltaic back
sheets
, according to the company.

Solar energy is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world; cumulative installed solar PV capacity more than doubled since 2007, and the Solar Energy Industries Association predicts solar energy installations will reach 980 GW by 2020. Today, over 70% of the PV module manufacturers are located in Asia, and the Qingdao manufacturing facility will allow Solar Gard to significantly expand its capacity to serve these manufacturers with volume and competitive cost levels for Tedlar-PET-Tedlar (TPT) and next-generation backsheet materials.

The Qingdao manufacturing plant will meet California’s stringent EPA standards and will pursue ISO 14001:2004 certification. These investments are aligned with the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility and the publication of its Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

Solar Gard’s architectural, automotive and industrial films are manufactured by Bekaert Specialty Films, LLC, part of Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB). Its architectural solar control window films are proven carbon negative, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and have been verified as having a net positive impact on the environment. For more information, visit www.solargard.com.

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