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Dow Raises Production of 2-Ethyl Hexyl Acrylate, Used in Paints & Coatings, By 15%

Published on 2011-09-09. Author : SpecialChem

MIDLAND, MI -- The Performance Monomers business of The Dow Chemical Company announced a 15% increase in capacity for the production of 2-Ethyl Hexyl Acrylate (2-EHA) at its Hahnville, Louisiana facility. This results from a successful debottlenecking initiative that addresses Dow's need to increase 2-EHA capacity for its domestic customers as well as deliver innovation improvements to further improve reliability and sustainability.

Chad Holzer, North America Business Director for Performance Monomers states, "Our customers participate in many diverse and value added applications. As one of few domestic producers of 2-EHA, this added capacity further positions Dow for growth with strategic customers and establishes our continued dedication towards improving reliability. The 2-EHA debottlenecking effort not only delivers a significant increase in capacity, but also highlights the significant reliability improvements Dow has made over the year."

Dow is among the world's largest producers of Acrylic, Methacrylic and Specialty Monomers. Their customers regard 2-EHA as a high value product that offers significant performance advantages, including flexibility, weatherability, adhesion, range of hardness and resistance to abrasion and oils or greases. 2-EHA is a key raw material used in the production of caulks, coatings, pressure-sensitive adhesives, leather finishing, and textile and paper coatings.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe.

Source: Dow Chemical Company

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