Dow Continues Expansions Aligned to Growing End-Markets

New silicones, propylene glycol and specialty materials capacity will meet growing demand for sustainable solutions.
New silicones, propylene glycol and specialty materials capacity will meet growing demand for sustainable solutions.

Dow has announced a series of incremental, high-return capacity expansions to support growing demand across key end-markets.

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In Dow’s Consumer Solutions business, several key growth projects are planned to come online globally throughout 2021 and will increase capacity of:

  • Silicone elastomers and thermally conductive materials: Meeting growing demand for vehicles that are lighter, safer and have a lower carbon footprint.

  • Silicone polymers and sealants: Supporting greater design flexibility and enabling safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing architectures.

  • Silicone engineered materials and pressure-sensitive adhesives: Improving reliability and efficiency in consumer and electronics markets.

  • CatHEC (cationic hydroxyethylcellulose) polymers and PEGs (polyethylene glycols): Addressing a variety of home and personal care applications.

In Dow’s Polyurethanes and Construction Chemicals business, the company plans to increase propylene glycol (PG) capacity at its existing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand by 80,000 tons per year, bringing total capacity to 250,000 tons per year.

Once complete, this will make the Dow Map Ta Phut PG facility the largest of its kind in Asia Pacific. The capacity will support customer growth across Asia Pacific, and India and is expected to come online in 2024.

Dow also recently announced plans to build an integrated MDI distillation and prepolymers facility in Freeport, Texas. This investment supports increasing demand for downstream polyurethane systems products and advances Dow’s leading positions in attractive applications in construction, consumer and industrial markets.

Mauro Gregorio, president, Dow Performance Materials and Coatings, said, “Dow is committed to investing in differentiated silicone and specialty materials assets to drive innovation and grow with our customers globally. There is growing demand for high-performance materials that enable sustainable solutions, and we look forward to further collaboration with our industry partners and customers following these expansions.”

Jane Palmieri, president, Dow Industrial Intermediates and Infrastructure, said, “This increased propylene glycol capacity optimizes our existing asset infrastructure to enable continued growth in high-value applications and positions us to better serve our customers in fast-growing markets."

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