Dow Opens Photovoltaics Films Application Lab in Shanghai

  Dow Opens Photovoltaics Films Application Lab in Shanghai

Business Wire

MIDLAND, Mich. -- November 05, 2012

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) announced today that it has opened a
Photovoltaics Films Application Laboratory in Shanghai to help customers in
the Asia-Pacific region improve how they harness the power of the sun with
ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Films technologies and solutions.

“Asia-Pacific is an important and growing market for our ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin
Encapsulant Films and Back Encapsulant Composite materials,” says Hawk Gao,
Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager for the Photovoltaics Business.

Dow has commercialized polyolefin-based encapsulant films and launched the
back encapsulant composite films that are enabling photovoltaic panel
manufacturers to make efficient, long-lasting and innovative products for the
global market. Earlier this year, Dow opened a manufacturing facility in Map
Ta Phut, Thailand, to make these innovative ENLIGHT™ products.

“We want to support this growth with a strong, local applications laboratory
that can meet current and future needs of customers who are designing and
making photovoltaic panels. We think our products are especially valuable to
those who want to take advantage of some of the newest technology on the
market,” said Tom Burns, Global R&D Director for the business.

The newly opened Photovoltaics Films Applications Laboratory is located within
the Shanghai Dow Center. A sampling of the lab’s capabilities includes:

  *Lamination of films for testing in PV modules
  *Accelerated weather testing
  *Electrical resistance testing
  *Moisture testing
  *Haze/gloss measurements for films
  *Glass adhesion testing

Dow is focused on delivering sustainable solutions to help address many of the
world’s most crucial challenges – including the need for clean energy – and
continues to invest in products and manufacturing capabilities to help PV
manufacturers improve efficiency and lower their total system costs. For more
information about Dow’s presence in this growing market, please

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately
innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry
and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of
the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water,
renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural
productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty
chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a
broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in
approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics,
water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60
billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more
than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the
globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and
its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More
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