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Dow to Up Silicone Capacity

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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The Dow Chemical Company, a subsidiary of DowDuPont, will be increasing its silicone production capacity in the coming years, with new facilities in the U.S. and China aimed at meeting what it says is growing demand across a number of segments. 

The company announced its vision to support its customers’ demand in markets, such as high-performance building, home and personal care, electrical and industrial, consumer goods and components assembly.

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The Dow Chemical Company recently unveiled a new investment plan that aims to meet a growth in silicone demand.

The plan includes:

  • A series of incremental siloxane debottleneck and efficiency improvement projects over the next three years to further increase capacity and efficiency in Dow’s siloxane manufacturing facilities around the world;
  • A new hydroxyl functional siloxane polymer plant in Carrollton, Kentucky, which will increase Dow’s polymer capacity in the Americas by 65 percent, providing the latest technology to accelerate innovation with customers; and
  • Additional expansion projects to increase capacity in Dow’s high-value performance silicones products and intermediates. This includes a new specialty resin plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China, which will provide resin intermediates for high value silicone products.

“The projects we are announcing today support our ability to continue to meet strong global demand for Dow’s silicones materials, enabling us to grow and innovate more quickly with customers and advancing our leading positions in our targeted end-markets,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company and chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont.

“Further, these targeted investments are expected to deliver fast paybacks and higher return on invested capital for Dow, contributing to greater earnings and cash generation.”

The company also announced that it will begin a feasibility study for a new “world-scale siloxane plant.”

“Dow is committed to our ongoing investment in both upstream and downstream assets to bring a reliable supply to our customers,” said Mauro Gregorio, business president, Dow Consumer Solutions.

“As an essential addition to Dow’s global silicones manufacturing footprint, the proposed new siloxane plant will expand our access to differentiated monomers and intermediates around the world, while strengthening our capabilities to accelerate and execute our strong innovation pipeline.”

   

Tagged categories: Business matters; Coatings raw materials manufacturers; Dow Chemical Company; DowDuPont; Silicone; Siloxane

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