STR Holdings Inc was incorporated in 1944 as a plastics and industrial materials research and development Company in Delaware. The Company is a provider of encapsulants to the solar industry. Encapsulant is a critical component used to protect and hold solar modules together. It develops ethylene-vinyl acetate based encapsulants for use in commercial solar module manufacturing. Its PhotoCap(r) products consist of ethylene-vinyl acetate, or EVA, which is modified with additives and put through its proprietary manufacturing process to increase product stability and make the encapsulant suitable for use in extreme, long-term outdoor applications. Its encapsulants can be used in both crystalline silicon and thin-film solar modules. The Company currently owns and operates production facilities in Asturias, Spain and Johor, Malaysia. The raw materials used by the Company are Resin and paper liner. It has 14 commercial encapsulant formulations, of which 6 are actively in use. Its customers are solar module manufacturers located in North America, Europe and Asia. The Company competes with compete with a number of encapsulant manufacturers, including Bridgestone Corporation, Hangzhou First PV Material Co., Ltd., Mitsui Chemicals Group, Inc and SK Chemical Ltd. It also faces competition from suppliers of non-EVA encapsulants including 3M Company, Dow Chemical Corporation, Dow Corning Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., and DuPont. The Company is subject to a variety of environmental, health and safety and pollution-control laws and regulations in the jurisdictions in which it operates.
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