Enterprise award for DuPont Teijin Films
Dr Julian Mace, Market Manager for Photovoltaics
Wilton Centre resident DuPont Teijin Films UK Ltd has won a Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2011.
The award was granted for the development of an innovative range of high performance Melinex® polyester films for solar photovoltaic modules.
Dr John Purdy, site manager of the DuPont Teijin Films Global Technology Centre at The Wilton Centre, said: “We are immensely proud of being awarded this honour. This recognition truly marks our business as one of the country’s leading innovators and is a testimony to the ability and dedication of our whole team at Wilton.”
“It is only through innovation that our business, and many like it in our region, will be successful. We have been located at Wilton for 27 years and are committed to the region and to continually investing in innovation.”
Commercial development for these products is also undertaken at Wilton and Dr Julian Mace, Market Manager for Photovoltaics, said “The world’s major issues at present include energy security and climate change and this is driving an array of distributed ‘green’ solutions.“
“Photovoltaic cells convert the sun’s energy directly into electricity, and although there are not many solar modules installed on rooftops in the North East so far, other countries in Europe, such as Germany, have been embracing this technology.
“Our new film products, manufactured at our plant in Dumfries, South West Scotland, are used to provide long life and lightweight electrical insulation for these modules. This development has generated exports from the UK of more than £20 million in 2010 and provides an effective way for UK manufacturing to participate in this industry irrespective of where the final products are manufactured or installed.”
The Queen’s Award is made to a number of companies each year but few achieve the rare honour of winning multiple awards within a short period of time. However, this is the third Queen’s Award for Enterprise that DuPont Teijin Films has won since 2003.