Stevens Urethane Launch Photovoltaic Encapsulant Product Line

Stevens Urethane, a division of JPS Industries, Inc., announces the launch of their new Photovoltaic (PV) Encapsulant Product line (Encapsolar(TM)). The company will introduce the product line at the 22nd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition to be held in Milan, Italy, September 3-6, 2007.

Charles R. ("Chuck") Tutterow, President of Stevens Urethane, stated, "We are excited to introduce a new line of encapsulant films into the rapidly growing photovoltaic solar energy market. Over the last year, we have been developing and testing new formulations for the solar energy market that have unique stabilization chemistries, and we are excited to bring the Encapsolar(TM) product line of TPU and EVA films to market. For over 30 years, Stevens Urethane has been producing highly engineered optical films for use in complex applications, and this introduction continues our history of delivering advanced solutions to satisfy tomorrow's requirements."

Mr. Tutterow continued, "We have developed a robust EVA-based encapsulant that provides a PV module with a maximum degree of long term weathering and UV protection. The product's cure rate kinetics is formulated to provide high lamination throughput while maintaining its dimensional integrity through the PV module fabrication process. Together with our optical aliphatic TPU product offerings and outstanding customer service we believe we can add significant value for potential customers in the solar energy market."

Stevens Urethane, based in Easthampton, Massachusetts is an operating division of JPS Industries, Inc. Stevens Urethane is a leading worldwide manufacturer of polyurethane film, sheet, tubing, cord and profile, including optical interlayer materials used in class I-VIII bullet resistant glazings, airplane and high speed train windshields, security glass, embassy windows, hurricane glass and paint protection films.

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