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Dow Corning Completes its Solventless Silicone Manufacturing System's Expansion in Shanghai

Published on 2012-12-27. Author : SpecialChem

SONGJIANG, SHANGHAI -- Dow Corning (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Dow Corning Corporation, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, celebrates the completion of its multi-million USD expansion at the Shanghai Songjiang site that marks one of the largest single investments in China's paper release industry to date. The newly established solventless silicone manufacturing system demonstrates the company's continued effort to increasing efficiency in the regional supply chain and brings environmental and financial benefits for customers across China and the Asia Pacific region because no solvents are used.

"Supported by Mr. Wang Xinkui, Vice Chairman of Shanghai People's Political Consultative Committee; Mr. Zhang Peirong, Songjiang District Vice Governor; William Brekke, Principal Commercial Officer at U.S. Consulate General Shanghai as well as customers in the region and Dow Corning employees, the celebration signifies a key milestone in the company's development in China and represents Dow Corning's continued commitment to unleashing the power of silicon as the use of solventless silicone products become a global trend.

"The China market has been a significant contributor to our success and expanding our manufacturing presence allows us to continue innovating and providing tailor-made products and solutions for our customers here," said Jeremy Burks, Dow Corning Greater China President. "Our solventless silicone system is a great example of the cutting-edge of technology we offer our customers and which also supports our commitment to sustainable and responsible development."

Since entering the China market in 1973, Dow Corning's solutions have brought numerous innovations to China. To date, its combined investment in China is more than $2 billion USD and the company's three major facilities in China - the newly expanded manufacturing Songjiang site that serves as the Asia Specialty Chemicals Hub; Zhangjiagang's world-class manufacturing facility that is an integral part of China's largest integrated silicone production site as well as Shanghai's Dow Corning China Business and Technology Center - are pivotal to providing a complete and complementary local service offering. This fully integrated local supply chain enables customers to benefit from a more reliable supply of locally produced products; a reduced lead time on products' delivery; and lower costs and a diminished carbon footprint due to reduced trans-ocean freight costs.

"Dow Corning has been operating for nearly seven decades worldwide and our continued success is attributed to our unique global commitment to excellence in customer service wherever we operate," said Patrick McLeod, Dow Corning Business Vice President, Specialty Chemicals. "With the global industry trend shifting from solvent-based technology toward adopting solventless products, our integrated service in China is perfectly positioned to meet this demand. Furthermore, our local supply and integrated service offering in China allow our regional customers to increase their market segment share and better compete in the world marketplace by enabling them to incorporate innovations into their product lifecycles and production efficiency."

"Through incorporating highly efficient energy designs and technology and advanced processes for raw material efficiency, we are committed to applying environmental, health and safety (EHS) principles throughout our business so that we can continue contributing to our industry's sustainable and responsible development." added McLeod.

The 12-hectare Songjiang site was established in 1997 and was Dow Corning's first manufacturing plant in China. Serving a number of industries, including beauty care, electronics, construction, paper as well as textile and leather, the site today manufactures products ranging from emulsions to sealants, adhesives and encapsulants. The newly established solventless silicone manufacturing system brings further benefits to the local paper industry. By enabling local manufacturers to incorporate solventless silicone release coating products into their production processes, it makes their production has less impact on the environment while better meeting environmental regulations because of the lack of solvent.

Strictly adhering to the Responsible Care® principles, a number of measures have been adopted to enable Dow Corning to continue minimizing waste, reducing environmental footprint through less use of solvents and recycling resources at the site. For example, the minimization of organic solvent throughout the newly installed manufacturing system has enabled Dow Corning to reduce its overall impact on the environment. A close-loop steam recovery system has also been adopted to recycle and reuse steam generated as part of the production process, which not only decreases the need to generate additional steam, but also reduces overall water and energy consumption on-site.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. One of the global leaders in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company's Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning's global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

Source: Dow Corning

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