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Start up at Dow Product Development Plant in Sarnia, Ontario; Manufacture of Polyethylene Wax Begins

Published on 2004-05-11. Author : SpecialChem

The Dow Chemical Company's Product Development Plant (PDP), located in Sarnia, Ontario commenced start-up on May 2 and began producing polyethylene wax using INSITE* Technology, a Dow proprietary single-site catalyst and solution process technology. This is the latest development product to be trialed at the Sarnia PDP, which previously was a development facility for Ethylene-Styrene Interpolymers (ESI). The Sarnia plant is a world-class manufacturing facility designed to fulfill the critical role of a 'proving ground' for new proprietary polyolefin products and technologies.

The polyethylene (PE) wax will be shipped via railcar to Marcus Oil and Chemical located in Houston, Texas and will be sold for diverse and global end-uses including coatings, inks, plastics, wax blending, textiles and adhesives.

Decisions around a future world-scale plant dedicated exclusively to the production of PE waxes will be made after an assessment of market conditions, likely sometime over the next 1-2 years.

About Dow

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.

Dow Chemical Canada Inc., a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, employs approximately 2,000 people in Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Dow Canada and its affiliates have manufacturing locations in: Sarnia, Milton and Weston, Ontario; Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, Alberta; Elie , Manitoba; and Varennes, Quebec.

Source: The Dow Chemical Company

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