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Dow Evaluating Investment Options for Ethanolamines

Published on 2005-02-17. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company, the global leader in ethanolamines, announced that a number of investment options are being evaluated for potential expansion and new capacity to meet the growing global demand of its customers.

"As the global leader in ethanolamines, we are committed to satisfying our customers' needs for reliable, high quality products," says Kevin Dillan, global business director, Dow Amines. "Last year was very challenging, but some of the demand issues were offset by successfully applying Six Sigma methodology to increase Gulf Coast ethanolamines capacity by 45,000 metric tons, bringing the total nameplate capacity to 317,500 metric tons or 700 million pounds."

The Amines business is working with Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, on options regarding possible expansion of the ethanolamines facility in Hahnville, La. (St. Charles Operations). This facility, which is fully integrated from ethylene to ethanolamines, practices a monoethanolamine (MEA)-selective process and is, therefore, well suited to service the growing demand for MEA in the merchant market and in the company's ethyleneamines production process.

"Dow is also considering adding ethanolamine capacity in Asia Pacific to meet customer needs in the industry's fastest growing region," says Dillan.

Today, Dow participates in the Asia-Pacific region via the 75,000-metric ton ethanolamine unit at OPTIMAL Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, a joint venture of Union Carbide and Petroliam Nasional Berhad, as well as imports from the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Ethanolamines business is a unit of the Acrylics, Solvents & Intermediates global business unit. Ethanolamines are used in multiple applications including wood treating, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, adhesives, lubricants, personal care products, and as an intermediate in the production of Ethyleneamines.

Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $40 billion, Dow serves customers in 175 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress: food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, Dow and its 43,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow

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