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Dow Completes MDI Expansion in Estarreja, Portugal

Published on 2009-05-27. Author : SpecialChem

Horgen, Switzerland -- Dow polyurethanes' newly expanded diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) plant in Estarreja, Portugal, successfully started production. The world-scale facility will provide both polymeric and crude MDI, offering customers increased flexibility and reliability of supply of this essential polyurethane raw material. The expansion, which was announced in 2006, was completed with no interruptions in customer service. Dow polyurethanes is a business group within The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates including Dow Europe GmbH.

"The expansion is the result of a great relationship with our suppliers and the Portuguese government, and enables Dow to provide customers with quality products from our world-scale facilities," said Steven English, global business director for Dow's Isocyanates business. "This expansion is the most recent example of Dow's commitment to the MDI market and our ability to supply our customers long-term."

MDI is a major raw material used in the production of rigid polyurethane foam and polyurethane elastomers, with end-use markets such as home, commercial and industrial foam insulation, as well as refrigeration, appliances, and coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers.

"We are very proud to see Estarreja become one of the leading production facilities around the world. The operating excellence of our employees and the commitment and support of the Portuguese government have been key to make this happen," said Washington Dantas, Estarreja site leader.

Dow currently produces and distills MDI at the facilities in Freeport and La Porte, Texas; Yeosu, South Korea; Stade, Germany; Delfzijl, The Netherlands, and Estarreja, Portugal.

About Dow polyurethanes

Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI and TDI, an essential component of polyether polyols. Dow's polyurethane products and fully formulated polyurethane systems are used for a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, appliance, furniture, bedding and shoe soles to decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business manufactures and markets polyurethane products and polyurethane systems that create rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. Dow also offers the latest in polyol technology with RENUVA™ Renewable Resource Technology and VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols, part of an ongoing initiative by Dow to lead the industry in providing high-performance products.

About Dow

With sales of $58 billion in 2008 and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008 and 15,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow


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