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Dow Extends Operations at its PMDI Facility in LaPorte, Texas

Published on 2005-06-10. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- Dow has announced that it will further extend part of its polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (PMDI) operations at its LaPorte, Texas facility, while the company's new 500 million lb. PMDI facility in Freeport, Texas, continues its start-up process.

Dow also announced that the Force Majeure it had declared for its MDI products in North America has been lifted. However, the company added that an order control is in place for North American MDI due to continued strong demand and limited inventories.

"With MDI in such high demand, we are fortunate to have the ability to extend operations at our LaPorte facility, which will enable us to continue to meet the majority of our customers' needs while Freeport becomes fully operational," said Chuck Reardon, North American product market manager for Polyurethanes at Dow.

"The extension of our LaPorte facility will allow us to counterbalance the slower than expected start-up at Freeport and offer better security of supply moving forward," noted Reardon. "However, we anticipate no net increase in capacity, resulting in the need for an order control to help manage product allocation in this sold-out MDI market. Once the new Freeport plant is running at designed rates, we intend to shut-down the LaPorte plant as originally announced.

Dow is the world's largest producer of polyether polyols, a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates (such as MDI and TDI) and a major supplier of propylene oxide, an essential component of polyether polyols. Dow's polyurethanes products are used in rigid foams, flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, and elastomers, as well as many other applications.

Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $40 billion, Dow serves customers in 175 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress: food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its 43,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities. 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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