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Dow Packaging and Converting Technical Center Moves to Expanded Facilities in Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Published on 2010-03-30. Author : SpecialChem

PHILADELPHIA -- The Dow Chemical Company's North American Technical Service and Global Research and Development Center for packaging adhesives and coatings will move to Buffalo Grove, Illinois in early April 2010. The expanded Tech Service and R&D Center represents a significant step forward in the company's commitment to enhance customer support and new product development. Buffalo Grove is located in close proximity to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The facility has been located in Elgin, Illinois.

"Packaging, especially food packaging, needs to protect content, ensure freshness and look wonderful -- all the while being lightweight and cost effective" Sarah Eckersley, global research and development director for Adhesives and Functional Polymers, says that "Substantially strengthening our resources and capabilities for our packaging customers -- both in North America and around the world -- was the motivation for this relocation."

Eckersley notes that the demand for improved performance in flexible packaging continues. "Packaging, especially food packaging, needs to protect content, ensure freshness and look wonderful -- all the while being lightweight and cost effective," she says. "We intend to continue to bring solutions to the global packaging market that meet those needs. The move to Buffalo Grove enhances our ability to bring our customers and our experts and technologies together at one site to collaborate on new developments," she says.

Dow offers a broad range of technologies for packaging customers, including solventless, water-based, and solvent-borne adhesives, and provides real-world testing capabilities to assist customers in the evaluation of formulations on production-scale equipment.

The Buffalo Grove facility will expand the on-site staff to more than 100 people. The site, which opened in 1992, also houses Dow's Microbial Control business unit, as well as sales offices. Mark Henning, general manager, Dow Microbial Control, also serves as site manager for Buffalo Grove.

Customers will be pleased to know that all of Dow's previous North America tech service and development resources will be replicated at Buffalo Grove. In addition, the company's analytics capabilities for customers will be greatly enhanced to better detect and solve flexible packaging laminate issues where varying coat weights, mix ratios and film surface treatments can pose production difficulties. "At the end of the day, it's people who make the real difference," says Dow commercial director of packaging and converting in North America, John Norder. "Our tech service specialists have the most extensive experience in the industry and this new facility will have the equipment to help them root out and solve formulation and customer related production issues. Solving the most pressing issues of our customers continues to make Dow unique in this market."

About Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers

Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers serves the needs of the flexible packaging market with a wide range of laminate and adhesive technology products. The business also makes adhesives for tapes and labels, as well as technology for textile and nonwoven applications, graphic imaging and leather. Together these businesses offer an integrated technology platform with formulation capabilities and a capacity to serve regionally tailored needs around the world. Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers generates $1B of revenue while operating a network of over 40 Technical, R&D and Manufacturing sites to serve local customer needs globally.

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.

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Source: Dow Chemical Company

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