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Dow to Expand Capacity for Divinylbenzene (DVB)

Published on 2007-04-19. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company announced plans to expand its global-scale divinylbenzene (DVB) plant, located at the company's Michigan Operations manufacturing site. Scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2007, the expansion will increase Dow's capacity for DVB by approximately 3 million pounds per year (1350 metric tons per year). The amount of the investment was not disclosed.

"This investment brings two critical capabilities that will enable Dow to grow with our customers," said Marvin Bourelle, commercial director for Specialty Polymers at Dow. "We will not only increase capacity, but also will implement process improvements that will strengthen product reliability, consistency and quality to better meet customer needs."

Bourelle noted that the market for DVB has become increasingly tight and that Dow expects to see continued strong global demand ahead as a result of growth in end-use applications such as ion exchange resins, adhesives, specialty plastics, and elastomers.

In addition to meeting demand from the external marketplace, the DVB expansion will enable Dow to satisfy internal requirements, particularly for the manufacture of DOWEX™ ion exchange resins offered by Dow Water Solutions.

"As a building block for many performance-based, specialty applications, this expansion is key for advancing several Dow performance business strategies," said Peter Davies, business group president, Designed Polymers and Latex at Dow. "It is also an excellent example of Dow's ability to leverage its integrated manufacturing assets to respond to customer and market needs."

About Divinylbenzene

Dow is a leader in the production and sale of divinylbenzene (DVB). DVB, a mixture of isomers of divinylbenzene and ethylvinylbenzene, is a versatile cross-linking agent that also improves polymer properties. DVB can be used to modify many polymers that have found utility in applications such as adhesives, ion exchange resins, specialty plastics, and elastomers. It is also used in the synthesis of photocurable protective coatings for wood, metal, glass, and plastics. Dow provides three high-purity products with increasing amounts of cross-linker.

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 Chemical Company

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