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SCG-DOW Group Commemorates Thailand HPPO Progress with Stone Laying Ceremony

Published on 2009-09-18. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced that the SCG-DOW Group, a joint venture between Dow and The Siam Cement Group (SCG), and Solvay Peroxythai Ltd. recently commemorated significant milestones on the hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) related investments with a foundation stone laying ceremony at the Asia Industrial Estate (AIE) site near Map Ta Phut, Thailand, where the HPPO facility is being built.

The SCG-DOW Group has procured all equipment and entered the initial construction phase on a world-scale propylene oxide (PO) plant, with an anticipated start-up in the first half of 2011. Once complete, the facility will manufacture PO via HPPO technology jointly developed by Dow and BASF, and will have a name plate capacity of 390 kilotons per annum (KTA).

The AIE site will also feature a specialty elastomers plant; a hydrogen peroxide plant built as a joint venture between Dow and Solvay; and power utilities and infrastructure. Nearby, a new liquids cracker, also jointly owned by SCG and Dow, will come on stream in 2010. The integrated Thailand plants represent a significant increase of the asset base for Dow in Thailand and Dow's largest manufacturing investments in Asia Pacific.

"This significant strategic investment helps enable Dow Polyurethanes to leverage our low cost-to-serve leadership position across the portfolio as well as fuel the growth of Dow's other Performance and Advanced Materials businesses," said Pat Dawson, president of Dow Polyurethanes, a global business group of Dow. "The new large-scale, back-integrated plant, based on advanced HPPO technology, will be best positioned to address the region's increasing demand for PO and derivatives, which are driven by increased demand in markets such as appliance, construction, coatings, adhesives and sealants. Our customers in Asia Pacific will benefit from the reliable supply of this key raw material they need to competitively grow their business. Dow and our joint venture partners are very pleased to be able to offer the PO technology that delivers greater energy efficiency, a reduced physical footprint, and improved environmental performance."

In addition to the environmental benefits offered by HPPO technology, the Thailand HPPO project is also creating jobs in the region. By the time the expansion is complete, the companies of Dow in Thailand will have doubled their workforce. At the peak of new construction, it is estimated that up to 10,000 contract laborers will be working on the entire AIE site. With all of the new employees and activity at the site, Dow is proud that five million hours have already been worked safely on this project highlighting our commitment to environment, health and safety (EH&S).

About Dow Polyurethanes:

Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI and TDI, an essential component of polyether polyols. Dow's polyurethane products and fully formulated polyurethane systems are used for a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, appliance, furniture, bedding, shoe soles, decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business manufactures and markets rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. Dow also offers the latest in polyol technology with RENUVA™ Renewable Resource Technology and VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols, part of an ongoing initiative by Dow to lead the industry in providing high-performance products.

About Dow:

Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. In 2008, Dow had annual sales of $57.5 billion and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

About SCG-DOW Group:

SCG-DOW Group is a joint venture formed in 1987 by The Dow Chemical Company and Siam Cement Group (SCG). SCG-DOW Group is comprised of four joint venture companies that manufacture and supply markets across Asia Pacific with a portfolio of products, including styrene monomer; styrene-butadiene latex; polyethylene; polystyrene and compounding products.

About SCG:

SCG is Thailand's largest industrial conglomerate with leading market position in each of its core businesses of Chemicals, Cement, Paper, Building Materials, and Distribution. Siam Cement's Chemicals business is one of the leading players in Asia Pacific region and serving worldwide customers. Today, SCG through its Chemicals business unit, continues to expand its business presence into international markets and emphasizes on innovation in products/services, processes, and business models to delight its customers.

Source: Dow Chemical Company


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