In conjunction with the Hefei High-Tech Industrial Development Area, 3M recently announced it plans to build a manufacturing site for photovoltaic solar materials and renewable energy products in Hefei High-Tech Park. The new plant, 3M Materials Technologies (Hefei) Co., will produce a variety of products, including 3M™ Scotchshield™ film, an advanced solar backside barrier film used in crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic modules. The project will be 3M’s ninth manufacturing facility in China. Groundbreaking is set for two-phased construction in the second quarter 2011.

Hefei is an industrial city situated between the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers in Central China. 3M Materials Technology (Hefei) Co., Ltd. is a continuum of 3M’s global expansion. This investment follows recent solar material expansions in the U.S. (Columbia, MO); Hilden, Germany; and Singapore.

“3M is committed to providing innovative renewable energy solutions to support our customers globally,” said Mike Roman, vice president and general manager of the 3M Renewable Energy Division. “We are excited about the collaboration with Hefei High-Tech Industrial Development Area to help drive this initiative. 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.”

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