ST. LOUIS, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Solutia Inc. (NYSE: SOA) today announced that it will expand its operations in China to include the production of Vistasolar® ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) encapsulant at its Suzhou, China facility. This investment will include the construction of a new building capable of housing several new EVA production lines and will provide the infrastructure for additional future capacity. The lines will be capable of manufacturing 2.35m wide sheet with the first production line scheduled to be completed by June 2011.
"Solutia is well-positioned to play a leading role in meeting the needs of the global renewable energy market," said Jeffry N. Quinn, chairman, president and CEO of Solutia Inc. "Combining EVA with our Saflex® PVB encapsulant manufacturing capabilities in China positions Solutia as the only one-stop source for solar encapsulant solutions in the greater Asia Pacific region and around the globe."
According to the Solarbuzz industry report, Marketbuzz® 2010 , China demand for EVA encapsulants is projected to almost triple by 2015 from its 2009 levels, with the greater Asia Pacific region expected to grow at a similar rate over the same period. "Since the majority of photovoltaic module production capacity is currently located in China, the addition of EVA lines in Suzhou will allow Solutia to cost-effectively serve local demand," said Tim Wessel, president of Solutia's Advanced Interlayers division. "Combined with Solutia's world-class technical service and strong commercial team in Asia, this expansion allows us to provide total encapsulant solutions to solar module manufacturers in the region."
The Suzhou plant currently serves as a manufacturing site for the company's world leading Saflex polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayers for laminated glass. In June, Solutia announced the completion of its acquisition of Etimex Solar's Vistasolar EVA product line, uniquely positioning Solutia as the sole global provider of both major encapsulants to the fast-growing photovoltaic industry. In April, Solutia announced the addition of a second PVB manufacturing line within the existing footprint of the Suzhou plant, featuring enhanced capabilities to serve the architectural, photovoltaic and automotive markets in China and the broader Asia Pacific region.
Solutia's Vistasolar encapsulants, currently manufactured in Dietenheim, Germany, include ultrafast-curing EVA films as well as new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films, which do not require curing. Saflex interlayers are also used to encapsulate thin film photovoltaic solar cells, providing outstanding processability and durability.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Solutia, Saflex and Vistasolar are trademarks of Solutia Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. Etimex Solar is a trademark of Etimex Holding GmbH. Marketbuzz is a registered US trademark of The Npd Group, Inc.
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Solutia is a market-leading performance materials and specialty chemicals company. The company focuses on providing solutions for a better life through a range of products, including: Saflex® polyvinyl butyral interlayers for glass lamination and for photovoltaic module encapsulation and Vistasolar® ethylene vinyl acetate films for photovoltaic module encapsulation; LLumar®, Vista™, FormulaOne®, Gila®, EnerLogic™, V-KOOL®, Huper Optik®, IQue™, Sun-X® and Nanolux® aftermarket performance films for automotive and architectural applications; Flexvue™ advanced film component solutions for solar and electronic technologies; and technical specialties products including Crystex® insoluble sulfur, Santoflex® PPD antidegradants, Therminol® heat transfer fluids and Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids. Solutia's businesses are world leaders in each of their market segments. With its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, the company operates globally with approximately 3,300 employees in more than 50 worldwide locations. More information is available at www.Solutia.com
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