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Published on 14/12/2020

ARMOR solar power films won the Fonds de Soutien à l’Investissement Industriel

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ARMOR solar power films is investing in new photovoltaic laser equipment, which will be installed at La Chevrolière site, near Nantes, France. This investment is in line with its dynamic and intermarket growth strategy, in the Organic Photovoltaics technology (OPV). This equipment is partly funded by the Fonds de Soutien à l’Investissement Industriel, up to 800 k€.

ARMOR solar power films won the Fonds de Soutien à l’Investissement Industriel

On November 13, it was announced that ARMOR solar power films (and 24 other candidates) won the Fonds de Soutien à l’Investissement Industriel. The Fonds de Soutien à l’Investissement Industriel was set up by the French government in partnership with the country’s Regional Councils. This government support aims to help the industrial sector and is part of the country’s recovery plan and regional reindustrialization policies.
 
ARMOR solar power films will receive funds of up to €800k, between 2021 and 2022, in order to partly finance their new laser equipment which will be installed at La chevrolière, Nantes. During the announcement of the 25 first winners, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Deputy Minister to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Responsible for Industry, stated : “There is no great economy without industry. Today, the Fonds de Soutien à l’Investissement Industriel makes it possible to concretely relocate strategic and job-creating activities in our regions”.
 
For Hubert de Boisredon, Chairman and CEO of ARMOR,"The allocation of this fund proves that the French government supports strategic energy transition projects, like ours. This reassures and encourages us to continue to invest in and innovate for social change.”
 
New and cutting-edge photovoltaic equipment
Since the launch of its photovoltaic activity in 2008, the ARMOR Group has invested more than 100 million euros of its own funds and continues to annually invest in Organic Photovoltaics technology (OPV), including several million euros in 2020 alone. With this new laser equipment that can easily integrate the existing production line, the production process of Organic Photovoltaic modules in Nantes, France, will reach an unmatched level of performance. Thanks to similar equipment at its German site in Kitzingen, ARMOR solar power films already perfectly masters this process technology.
 
The laser machine will intervene at the end of the production process in order to structure the OPV films after full width coating and produce tailor-made modules, also known as free-form. This is an indisputable advantage of ARMOR’s ASCA® OPV film, since it can then adapt to any shape or material, allowing previously unexploited surfaces to be solarized.
 
"This industrial investment will have the double benefit of increasing the performance of our ASCA® OPV film and reducing our production costs. Furthermore, as we are always looking for ways to satisfy our customers, we will now be able to respond to larger-scale projects and offer new solar energy applications and solutions that respond perfectly to the needs and/or demands of our partners”, concludes Moïra Asses, Marketing and Business Development Director at ARMOR solar power films.