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Dow Expands Production Capacity of Crude Acrylic Acid by 25% in Germany

Published on 2011-09-19. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- The Performance Monomers business of The Dow Chemical Company has announced that capacity for the production of Crude Acrylic Acid (CAA) at its Böhlen, Germany facility has expanded by 25%. This represents the cumulative result of several successful debottlenecking and reliability initiatives that address Dow's need to increase CAA capacity. This additional CAA at Böhlen will be used to increase Butyl Acrylate (BA) and Glacial Acrylic Acid (GAA) production at the site.

Bob Summerhayes, Global Supply Chain Director for Performance Monomers states, "The Crude Acrylic Acid capacity increase is an important milestone for Dow. We are excited to continue investing in our European production footprint and about the opportunities generated by Dow's European customer base. Overall this is a valuable addition that reinforces Dow's commitment to growth for the region and further adds to our global footprint."

Dow is the world's largest producer of Acrylic, Methacrylic and Specialty Monomers, with the most robust portfolio of acrylic monomers in the industry. Dow's Performance Monomers business provides selection, quality and consistency for a wide range of applications. Acrylic monomers from Dow are used primarily in coatings, inks, textiles, home and personal care and energy markets.

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 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 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

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