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Dow Corning Constructs New Plant in India to Meet Region's Strong Demand for Silicon-Based Products

Published on 2005-11-18. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, Mich. and MUMBAI, India -- Dow Corning Corporation is building a new manufacturing facility in Pune, India that is scheduled to be open for operation in 2006. The new plant, to be located in the MIDC Industrial Park in Ranjangaon, will help Dow Corning meet the region's expanding customer demand for silicon-based products.

"Thanks to our customers, we have been fortunate to enjoy excellent growth and increasing demand in India," explained Raj Kapur, managing director of Dow Corning India Pvt. Ltd. "This new facility will help us support the needs of local and multinational customers, and is an important part of our growth plans for India and for Asia."

The site will also include an Applications Engineering Technical Services laboratory designed to provide a location for Dow Corning and customers to research, develop and innovate products. The applications center will provide customers in the region access to leading technological equipment as well as Dow Corning technical professionals.

"Dow Corning has been serving various Indian industries for over 20 years and the construction of this new manufacturing facility validates our long-term commitment to this emerging region," said Robert D. Hansen, Dow Corning vice president and general manager of core products. "We see significant potential for silicon-based materials, technologies and solutions in this dynamic, fast-expanding market."

The new Dow Corning plant will manufacture an array of value-added products for the Indian and Asian market, including polymers, lubricants, sealants, and emulsions. The facility is located in a premier industrial area that is host to a diverse array of leading Indian and multinational companies from the electronics, food manufacturing and automotive industries.

The new plant will help Dow Corning address soaring global demand for silicon-based materials in a wide variety of industries and emerging markets. "Particularly in Asia, the growth in the last few years has been outstanding, and it is anticipated that this growth will continue," said Kapur.

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation, offering more than 7,000 products and services, Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the US.

Dow Corning India Pvt. Ltd. was established in February 2000 after acquiring its former joint venture company.

Source: Dow Corning

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