Issue Date: October 26, 2009
Bridgestone Boosts Adhesives For Solar
Bridgestone will increase its capacity for ethylene vinyl acetate film, which is used as an adhesive in the manufacture of solar cells. The tire producer will spend close to $50 million by 2011 to build new production lines in Seki, Japan, with annual capacity of 1,200 metric tons. Bridgestone currently produces the adhesives only at a plant in Iwata, in southern Japan. Bridgestone says production of solar cells has “skyrocketed” in recent years, particularly in China and Europe.
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