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Dow Schedules Maintenance Turnaround at Estarreja, Portugal, MDI Facility

Published on 2007-02-28. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, MICH -- Dow Polyurethanes, a business of The Dow Chemical Company, will conduct a scheduled turnaround at its MDI production plant in Estarreja, Portugal, for routine maintenance. The four-week turnaround is scheduled to begin in late February and will involve equipment repairs and replacements, reactor inspections, and process adjustments. Consistent with Dow's commitment to the polyurethanes industry, this routine maintenance and preparatory work will ensure that customers receive a consistent and reliable source of MDI from Dow.

In September 2006, Dow announced plans to expand MDI capacity at the Estarreja site. Slated for completion in 2009, the added capacity will address growing global demand for MDI, which is used in the manufacture of polyurethanes for a diverse range of applications including construction, appliance, adhesives and sealants. Current capacity at the Estarreja site represents approximately 20% of Dow's global MDI capacity.

"While the MDI market in Europe is currently balanced, industry-wide periodic shutdowns put pressure on supply," states Steven English, business director for Dow Isocyanates, a business unit within Dow Polyurethanes. "Therefore, we build stock in advance of these turnarounds to meet customer needs. We have been preparing for this turnaround for several months and, as a result, we are well-positioned to continue to deliver MDI to our customers without disruption."

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 The Dow Chemical Company

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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