Dow Corning has opened a solar solutions application and business center in Northern California that the company says will be its West Coast hub for customer sales, product evaluation, and the development of commercialization strategy. The center, located within Dow Corning’s 32,130-sq-ft manufacturing facility in Newark, features state-of-the-art laboratories and testing facilities.
The center is equipped with materials development and characterization labs, which will allow customers to evaluate environmental aging and performance capabilities onsite.
The new facility will also supplement the capabilities of Dow Corning’s main solar center in Freeland, MI, and a new site in JinCheon, South Korea, which is scheduled to open in early 2010.
Gaetan Borgers, Dow Corning Solar Business’ global industy director, said the company is “excited to establish a presence on the West Coast, home to many of our solar customers and some of the largest solar energy providers in North America. We see the North American market as poised for growth in the very near future and we want to provide local support to our customers in this market.”