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Dow Completes Polyols Expansion at the Terneuzen, Netherlands, Facility

Published on 2009-12-11. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced that the multi-year polyols expansion project at the Company's Terneuzen, Netherlands, plant has been successfully completed. The additional capability will support customers in Europe as well as in other growing regions such as India, Middle East and Africa. The key downstream markets that will benefit from this expanded capacity, which includes specialty polyols, are furniture and bedding; coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers; building and construction; and automotive.

"We anticipate increased demand for polyols as the global economy recovers," said Guillermo Novo, vice president of Dow Polyurethanes, "and this investment continues to ensure we have a reliable supply of essential products from the Terneuzen site. Additional value to our customers comes from our ability to take advantage of production of propylene oxide (PO) - a raw material for polyols - at the new hydrogen peroxide to propylene oxide (HPPO) facility in nearby Antwerp, Belgium. As a global polyols leader committed to this industry, Dow continues to create growth opportunities for customers through sound investment in capability improvements."

The capability expansion makes Terneuzen the largest and most flexible of Dow's 11 polyols production sites.

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 and shoe soles to decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business manufactures and markets Polyurethane products and Polyurethane systems that create 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 $57.4 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.

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