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Dow to Build New P-Series Glycol Ethers Plant in Zhangjiagang, China

Published on 2006-04-26. Author : SpecialChem

The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow"), the leading producer of glycol ethers, announced that it will proceed with construction of a new propylene oxide-based glycol ethers facility at Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, the People's Republic of China. This state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to come on line in late 2008, with an annual nameplate capacity of 120,000 metric tons.

Zhangjiagang, an established and strategic site for Dow, is located on the Yangtze River, approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) upstream from Shanghai. It is centrally located to supply customers in the major, established markets of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as a growing number of customers in China.

"We appreciate the support and loyalty our customers have shown us," says Jim McIlvenny, president, Dow Asia Pacific. "This investment underscores our commitment to China and is another step forward in our strategy to grow with our customers in emerging geographies."

"Customers recognize the value of DOWANOL™ PM glycol ethers in electronics, as well as paints and coatings applications" says Martin Sutcliffe, global business director, Glycol Ethers. "Our Asia Pacific customers already know Dow is committed to the region, now they will have a world-scale DOWANOL PM plant on their doorstep, as well as an established Butyl CELLOSOLVE™ plant in Malaysia."

Dow's Zhangjiagang site is ideally situated to service both the domestic and export markets. The new glycol ethers facility will join three other world-scale, state-of-the-art facilities, including a converted epoxy resin plant and a styrene butadiene latex facility, as well as a joint venture polystyrene resin plant.

About Dow Glycol Ethers

The Glycol Ethers business, a member of the Specialty Chemicals Business Unit, is the industry leader in glycol ether products used in paints and coatings, cleaning products, inks, and electronics. Dow offers a full range of ethylene-based and propylene-based glycol ether products, including DOWANOL glycol ethers, and CELLOSOLVE and CARBITOL solvents. Production locations are in Seadrift, Texas; Hahnville, La.; Plaquemine, La.; Midland, Mich.; Stade, Germany; San Lorenzo, Argentina; and Kerteh, Malaysia (OPTIMAL Group of Companies).

About Dow

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of science and technology to improve living daily. The Company offers a broad range of innovative 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 $46 billion and employs 42,000 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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