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Dow to Increase Polyol and Copolymer Capacity at its Freeport, Texas Facility

Published on 2013-10-03. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, Mich. -- Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) will increase its polyol and copolymer capacity at its Freeport, Texas facilities as a result of debottlenecking.

"Dow is constantly evolving our technologies to help our customers grow," said Mark Bassett, global business director for Dow Polyurethanes. "DMC catalysis will allow our Texas facilities to meet customer needs in the region, while boosting global supply of Dow's world-class products. This capacity increase positions Dow to assists customers with growing demand for polyols and copolymer polyols down the value chain."

The facilities will use state-of-the art DMC catalysts to create polyol products with unique properties. The extra capacity will expand Dow's capability to leverage low carbon ethylene oxide costs in the U.S. Gulf Coast. It will also enable increased output of base polyols to be used in the expanded copolymer polyols facility, as well as extra volumes of flex slab and coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) polyols to the NAA markets.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow is one of 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 and TDI. 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. VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols exemplify Dow's ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical consumer needs. For more information, visit www.dowpolyurethanes.com.

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 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 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.

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