10-07/08 :: July/August 2010
nanotimes Companies Impact of Economic Climate on Konarka
In 2008, Konarka purchased a 250,000 sq. ft. former flagship Polaroid plant in New Bedford, Massachusetts, giving the company the largest manufacturing capacity of any thin film photo- voltaic company. By revitalizing the plant, Konarka saved millions of dollars, benefiting from technology already in place, tapped the skills and experience of the existing workforce, and benefited an economically challenged community. This clean, quality-controlled environment helps the company maximize productivity and cost efficiencies, enabling the company to manufacture Power Plastic®
affordable price to ensure broad global adop- tion. Power Plastic®
can be manufactured up
to 60 inches wide in virtually any length. And the significant manufacturing capabilities can scale annual production capacity to 1 gigawatt.
Mr. Valenzuela sums it up saying: “The renew- able energy industry is making a huge positive impact for the environment, and it is also one of the best ways to offer more sustainable jobs. The public, not only in Europe but worldwide, is extremely conscious and aware of the envi- ronment and demands healthy growth in this Industry.”
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