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Dow Outlines More Capacity Expansions to Key End-Markets
July 01, 2021

Dow announced a series of future capacity expansions for its silicones, propylene glycol (PG), and specialty materials business to support growing demand across crucial end-markets. The capacity expansions announcement comes one month after it announced plans to build an integrated MDI distillation and prepolymers facility in Freeport, Texas.

The company said it plans to bring several key growth projects online for its Consumer Solutions business globally throughout 2021, which will build on previous investments, including more than 20 key debottleneck, efficiency improvement and growth capital projects throughout 2019 and 2020.

The Consumer Solutions projects will increase capacity for:

- Silicone elastomers and thermally conductive materials

- Silicone polymers and sealants

- Silicone engineered materials and pressure-sensitive adhesives

- CatHEC (cationic hydroxyethylcellulose) polymers and PEGs (polyethylene glycols)

As Dow expands capacity in its Consumer Solutions business, its Polyurethanes and Construction Chemicals business plans to increase Propylene Glycol (PG) capacity at its existing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, which will support customer growth across Asia Pacific and India. PG expansion at the Map Ta Phut plant will be 80,000 tons/year

The PG business upgrades basic chemical building blocks to produce high-quality ingredients for cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals, and many other products for everyday use.

Dow said the investment plans fall within its previously committed capital expenditure targets.

By Brian Balboa for The Plastics Exchange.

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