Successful startup of a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility convenient to major Chinese and Asian manufacturing centers has positioned The Dow Chemical Co. for anticipated growth in demand for propylene oxide-based glycol ethers in the Asia Pacific region. Dow completed construction of the new facility in the first quarter at Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province of the People’s Republic of China.
Trial manufacturing runs were successful and the plant has begun producing commercial grade products. The facility has an annual nameplate capacity of 120,000 metric tons and will manufacture P-Series Glycol Ethers such as DOWANOL PM Glycol Ether, which will be used by Asia’s growing electronics industry, as well as in the formulation of paints and coatings, cleaning products and other applications.
“We’re bringing this capacity to the market today with an eye toward the future,” said Heinz Haller, executive vice president of Dow’s Performance Products Portfolio. “This is an investment in the growth of our customers’ business. We know that today’s economic conditions and reduced demand were an extraordinary occurrence and we are taking steps to assure that our customers will have the resources they need to meet their growth in demand for years to come.”
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