NSG Group is to invest in production capacity of TCO (transparent conductive oxide) coated glass in Malaysia to support the growing solar market.

A float line at the Johor Bahru factory of NSG’s Malaysian Sheet Glass will install online coating capacity soon and start shipping TCO glass for solar panel manufacture after the facility is in operation.

It is anticipated that the supply from the converted line will commence in March 2024.

The investment is to support the expansion strategy of NSG partner, First Solar a global manufacturer of thin-film solar panels.

In addition to its existing facilities in Vietnam and Malaysia, First Solar is constructing a new manufacturing plant in India, which is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2023.

NSG Group started operation of the second dedicated float line for solar glass in Vietnam in January 2020, and a new plant in Luckey, Ohio, USA has been operating since November 2020.

The glass produced in these plants is exclusively supplied to First Solar.