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Dow Evaluating Sites for New Glycol Ethers Plant in Asia Pacific

Published on 2005-01-17. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company, the leading global producer of glycol ethers, announced that it is evaluating sites in Asia Pacific for a new propylene oxide-based glycol ethers production facility to meet the growing demand in the region. The new plant, similar in size to Dow's facility in Stade, Germany, would incorporate recent technology advancements and provide Asia Pacific customers with a local supply source for high quality P-Series glycol ethers.

"Dow is the world's largest producer of glycol ethers, and our back-integration and diverse network of production sites also make us the most cost-efficient and reliable supplier," said Ted Cosse, vice president, Acrylics, Solvents & Intermediates. "We are committed to maintaining this leadership position by providing capacity to satisfy our customers' growing demands where they need it most. We are moving very quickly on this project."

"We are committed to meeting the short- and long-term needs of our glycol ethers customers in Asia Pacific," says Martin Sutcliffe, business director, Glycol Ethers. "We have accelerated our plans to build a Pacific DOWANOL* PM glycol ethers plant. In addition, the flexibility of our North American facilities and the increased capacity of our Stade plant over the past two years, have ensured increased supply to meet the near-term demand in the region."

"P-Series glycol ethers have experienced significant growth in Asia Pacific as a preferred solvent in the electronics market," says Tom Ohara, Asia Pacific marketing director, Solvents. "Demand is also being affected by the increasing use of P-Series glycol ethers as a performance solvent in the paints and coatings industry."

Dow's back integration as the largest propylene oxide producer in the world, combined with a broad solvents product range, provides customers an extensive choice of solvent solutions from the market leader.

The Glycol Ethers business, a unit of the Acrylics, Solvents & Intermediates global business unit, is the market leader in glycol ether products used in paints and coatings, cleaning products, inks, and electronics. Dow offers a full range of ethylene-based and propylene-based glycol ether products, including DOWANOL glycol ethers, and CELLOSOLVE™ and CARBITOL™ solvents.

Existing glycol ether production facilities are located on the U.S. Gulf Coast, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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 $33 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 180 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including 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 approximately 46,000 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.

*Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company

Source: The Dow Chemical Company

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