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Dow Strengthens its Long-term Commitment and Investments in Polyurethane Business

Published on 2012-04-11. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, Mich. -- The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has made significant strategic moves over the past six months, strengthening its long-term commitment and investments in its Polyurethane business, while enhancing the competitiveness of its already strong asset foundation.

These strategic moves are ultimately designed to catapult the franchise in a continued growth trajectory within the next three to five years. Leading this next critical phase, Dow has appointed a proven business leader with a technology-rich background and experience running integrated businesses. With a new world-scale manufacturing complex in Saudi Arabia planned to come online in 2016 and a new global vice president, Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of Dow, is investing in the assets and expertise that will position its customers for growth.

Mark Bassett, Ph. D., was recently named global vice president for Dow Polyurethanes. As global vice president, Bassett will be responsible for business strategy, profit and loss, as well as innovation and growth. Prior to this role, Bassett was the global vice president for Dow Oxygenated Solvents. He began his career with Dow in 1989 when he joined Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, in the Reaction Engineering Skill Center.

"Mark has held leadership positions in a variety of Dow businesses and has a stellar track record for maximizing business potential," said Torsten Kraef, president of Dow Thermosets. "I am confident our customers will benefit from Mark's business strategy expertise as we celebrate 75 years of polyurethane innovation and look forward to expand our franchise."

Announced in July 2011, the joint venture between Dow and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), known as Sadara Chemical Company, will be the largest integrated chemical complex site ever built in the world at one time with over 3 million metric tons of capacity. The site will bring Dow's technology-differentiated polyurethane solutions to customers in emerging geographies such as China, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

"With Sadara, Dow is investing in market-focused, customer-centric technologies and process optimization," said Mark Bassett, the new global vice president for Dow Polyurethanes. "Sadara allows us to offer our customers advanced technologies, supply capabilities and resources to grow with their customers' demand."

Sadara is just one of the more recent examples of the Company's strategic growth footprint, where Dow has plans to offer a broad portfolio of propylene glycol (PG), polyether polyol and isocyanate products by 2016. Other continued investments in propylene oxide, PG and polyurethanes have resulted in successfully co-operating a hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) plant in Antwerp since 2009, a new HPPO plant in Thailand in 2011 and plans for a new PG plant in Thailand to start up in the next 12 months. These investments continue to build on Dow's already strong polyurethane asset base.

Dow Polyurethanes is proud to have been a part of the 75 years of polyurethane chemistry history and continues to develop innovative solutions that help keep its customers a step ahead of ever-changing industry requirements. Dow is committed to serving customers as the leading producer of propylene oxide, propylene glycol and polyether polyols with a 60+ year legacy in polyurethane chemistry, backward integration to raw materials, innovation, and process and product stewardship expertise.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Dow's polyurethane products enhance a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, furniture, bedding, appliance, decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business provides key ingredients, systems and solutions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. PASCAL™ Technology exemplifies Dow's ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical consumer needs.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology 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 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. 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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