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Dow Expands East China Presence, Builds New $17 Million Emulsion Plant

Published on 2010-05-25. Author : SpecialChem

Philadelphia, PA -- Dow Coating Materials, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, announced a major investment in its Chinese manufacturing footprint - a new $17 million dollar emulsion plant located at the company's Zhangjiagang site in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. The new plant comes on the heels of significant market growth in the greater Shanghai region, as Dow Coating Materials continues its practice of inventing, manufacturing and launching products specifically for the needs of the Chinese coatings market. The facility will also supply products for Dow's Adhesives and Functional Polymers business as well as the Building and Construction Business Unit.

Bruce Hoechner, Vice President, Regional Director, Dow Advanced Materials, Asia Pacific, sees the new emulsions site as just one of many long-term investments in the greater China market. "East China remains one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the already expanding Chinese coatings market. This emulsions plant reinforces our commitment to stay close to our customers and developing products that meet their needs and the changing needs of the Chinese consumer."

Construction of the new plant, one of two Dow emulsions plants in the greater Shanghai area, is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010, with an expected start-up date sometime in late 2011. The area, also home to one of Dow's largest research and development facilities, has long held strategic importance for the Dow Coating Materials business. According to Hoechner, the expansion is just one piece of Dow Coating Materials' broader long-term strategy for greater China.

"More than one-quarter of the emulsion products sold by Dow Coating Materials in China were invented in China in the last three years," noted Hoechner. "Our strategic investment in R&D and manufacturing, coupled with the rapid growth in China's middle class and its subsequent impact on paint sales in region, means we are well-positioned to meet the unique needs of the Chinese people, not just today, but for years to come."

As the leading emulsions binder and additives producer in the coatings industry, Dow Coating Materials brings a long history of innovation to the region, which has seen a return to double digit growth following 2009's economic slowdown. Recently, several products developed in China including ground-breaking innovations such RHOPLEX/PRIMAL™ EZ CLEAN series and INVIZIPRO™, have been exported to other regions of the world, as markets outside China begin to influenced by that country's unique preferences.

About Dow Coating Materials

Dow Coating Materials is the premier supplier of products and technologies to architectural and industrial coatings manufacturers worldwide. Combining the extensive resources of Dow and recently-acquired Rohm and Haas Company, the new business provides formulators a wide range of chemistries and support across many different product lines, including core binder technologies, additives and solvents. Additionally, Dow Coating Materials operates 13 dedicated R&D labs across all major geographies where Dow does business.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow Chemical Company

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