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Dow Formulated Systems and E.A. Juffali & Brothers Alliance

Published on 2010-03-04. Author : SpecialChem

Milan and Dubai -- Dow Formulated Systems, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and E.A. Juffali & Brothers, announced they signed a business alliance in their polyurethane systems business. With this alliance, in addition to combining highly competitive offerings of innovative products and services, the construction of a modern, safe and highly competitive manufacturing plant, for the production of polyol blends, is planned for 2010, in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

"This alliance reinforces Dow Formulated Systems' commitment to our customers and the industries we serve in the Middle East. Our longstanding business relationship with E.A. Juffali & Brothers has offered the conditions for this significant step ahead that further accelerates the implementation of our global business strategy based on our unique, wide and detailed presence, market knowledge and customers intimacy," said Juan Antonio Merino, General Manager of Dow Formulated Systems, the new global business unit of Dow that combines the Company's Polyurethane Systems and Epoxy Systems capabilities, potential in research and development, technical service and tailored production serving its growing customer base with a global network of 30 system houses.

"We have been partnering with Dow in a variety of businesses since 1976, and this important alliance allows us to further strengthen our relationship, increasing our ability to sustain the dynamic growth of our customers in this region. By investing in a new dedicated manufacturing plant in Jeddah, we ultimately strive to facilitate our loyal customers' success in their respective markets, anticipating their needs and helping them fulfill their aspirations"said Dr. Souahil El Farouki, General Manager of Juffali Chemical Group. "The planned facility will produce Dow formulated polyols and the respective Dow Polyurethane Systems will be marketed in the region. The alliance with Dow is instrumental to ensure the new plant competitiveness, sustainability and long term success,"Dr. El Farouki added.

About Dow Formulated Systems

Dow Formulated Systems, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) is a global industry leader in the development and formulation of fully-formulated polyurethane and epoxy systems, focused on providing its customers worldwide with innovative tailor-made solutions through its Energy Efficiency, Alternative Energy & Composites, Infrastructure Life Preservation, Leisure & Lifestyle and Industrial Castings and Adhesives businesses. Dow Formulated Systems manufactures and markets custom formulated rigid and semi-rigid, flexible, integral skin, and microcellular polyurethane foams and fully-formulated systems as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and binders used in applications ranging from residential and commercial construction, infrastructure repair, wind energy solutions, oil and gas, automotive, appliance, furniture, and shoe soles to decorative molding and athletic equipment. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Formulated Systems operates a global network of 30 system houses.

About Juffali Brothers

As early as 1948, Juffali began to form close business associations with a number of major international corporations. As the infrastructure of the Kingdom grew, Juffali moved to local manufacturing in businesses as diverse as automobile manufacturing and refrigeration, as well as chemicals. Today, the Juffali list of partners reads like a "Who's Who"of multinational corporations and includes IBM, Siemens, Ericsson, Mercedes-Benz, Michelin, Heidelberg, Liebherr, FLOUR, Massey-Ferguson, Electrolux, Kelvinator, Carrier, Dow Chemicals, DuPont and Butler, to name but a few. Mutual loyalty and commitment have allowed these partnerships to endure for decades. Juffali's manufacturing base was originally geared towards the local market but in recent years that focus has expanded to include export markets in the region.

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.

About Dow in the Middle East

Dow has a longstanding relationship with the Middle East beginning with the establishment of manufacturing and commercial facilities in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt more than 30 years ago. Since then, Dow has established a solid presence in the Middle East petrochemicals industry, partnering with leading regional companies to set up state-of-the-art petrochemical complexes across the region. For nearly 15 years, Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait have shared one successful milestone after another, partnering on five industry-leading joint ventures. Saudi Aramco and Dow are in the formation process of a joint venture to build, own and operate a world-scale manufacturing complex and industrial value park in Ras Tanura. From the entrepreneurship initiatives of Young Arab Leaders to the new Dow Middle East R&D Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, Dow actively supports the social and economic aspirations of the communities where it operates.

About Dow in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dow's presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began with two subsequent joint ventures with E.A. Juffali & Brothers, Arabian Chemical Company Ltd., manufacturing STYROFOAM * brand insulation (Jeddah) and latex (Jubail). In 2007, Dow and Saudi Aramco signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the construction, ownership and operation of a world-scale chemicals and plastics production complex in Saudi Arabia, named the Ras Tanura Integrated Project (RTIP). RTIP would be among the world's largest petrochemical facilities and would represent the largest foreign direct investment to date in Saudi Arabia's petrochemical sector. In 2009, Dow expanded its global R&D footprint by partnering with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology on a multi-year, multi-million dollar joint research framework.

Source: Dow

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