3M is expanding the manufacturing facility for its 3M Scotchshield Film in Singapore. This planned expansion doubles the production capacity, and is the second major expansion for solar backsheet barrier film production in recent years.
(September 10, 2010) — 3M is expanding the manufacturing facility for its 3M Scotchshield Film in Singapore. This planned expansion doubles the production capacity of the 3M Singapore facility in response to growing customer demand. This phase of construction will be completed in 2011. 3M Scotchshield Film is an advanced line of backside barrier films used in the production of crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic (PV) modules.
This announcement represents the second major expansion for the company’s pv backsheet film line in the past year (first expansion completed in October 2009). The expansion brings better volume efficiencies plus yield and optimization improvements to best serve the rapidly expanding solar industry.
3M’s integrated approach to manufacture 3M Scotchshield Film differentiates the product from traditional laminated backsheets. 3M’s process eliminates the need for solvents and lamination. 3M is one of the top suppliers of fluoropolymer resins, allowing control over critical raw materials and costs in the supply chain.
3M’s Renewable Energy Division encompasses two major business units: Energy Generation and Energy Conservation. Visit 3M at EU PVSEC and SPI: To learn more about 3M Scotchshield Films and the manufacturing capacity expansion, visit 3M at EU PVSEC (L2/H4/B21) and SPI (#407). For more information, visit http://www.3m.com