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Dow Polyurethanes to Increase Specialty Polyols Capability in Freeport, Texas

Published on 2007-09-11. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- Dow Polyurethanes, a business group of The Dow Chemical Company, announced it will add 130 million pounds or approximately 59 kilotons per annum (KTA) of specialty mix polyols capability at its manufacturing facility in Freeport, Texas. Scheduled to come on stream in early 2009, the additional capability will support growing demand for end-use polyurethanes products and polyurethane systems formulations in North America.

"We're seeing solid growth in all aspects of our business, but are particularly encouraged by growing customer interest in our low-amine emissions VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols, as well as customized systems formulations that offer specific performance benefits in key applications," said Doug Warner, business director for Dow Polyols, a business unit within Dow Polyurethanes. "The additional polyols capability Dow is investing in at our Freeport facility is further assurance for our North American customers that they can focus on innovating and growing in downstream markets while working with Dow as a reliable supplier they have come to depend on."

According to the North American Free Trade Agreement, polyols consumption in North America is estimated at 2.9 billion pounds, with an annual growth rate comparable to Gross Domestic Products (GDP). Growth is driven primarily by demand in automotive, coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE), specialty foams for the furniture and bedding industries as well as appliance applications.

Dow continues to strengthen its position as a leading supplier of polyols and polyurethane products throughout North America. In early 2007, Dow announced its plans to expand MDI production in Freeport by 50 percent over the next three years. Expected to be completed in 2009, the expansion will bring an additional 250 million pounds of MDI production name-plate capacity to the Company's world-class facility, which came on stream in 2005.

About Dow Polyurethanes

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 and formulated systems are used in rigid foams, flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, and elastomers, as well as many other applications. Dow also offers the latest in polyol technology with its VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols, part of an ongoing initiative by Dow to lead the industry in providing high-performance products with reduced VOC-emissions.

About Dow

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000 people worldwide. 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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