3M plans to build photovoltaic materials factory in China

US manufacturer 3M has announced, in conjunction with the Hefei High-tech Industrial Development Area, a plan to build a manufacturing site for photovoltaic solar materials and renewable energy products in Hefei High-tech Park, eastern China.

The new plant, 3M Materials Technologies (Hefei), will produce a variety of products at the new facility, including 3M Scotchshield Film, a solar backside barrier film used in crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic modules.

The project, which is scheduled to begin construction in the second quarter of this year, will be 3M’s ninth manufacturing facility in China.