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Monday, 10 December 2018
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Dow increases methyl cellulose production

Friday, 7 December 2018

Dow expands its Methyl Cellulose capacity in Germany to meet growing construction chemical demand.

Cellulose ethers are used, among other things, in tile adhesives. Source: galinette17 – stock.adobe.com.

Cellulose ethers are used, among other things, in tile adhesives. Source: galinette17 – stock.adobe.com.

Dow announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments to help construction dry mix customers secure reliable supply of key additives for this expanding area. These capacity increases are part of a multi-phase investment plan for construction chemicals and demonstrate the Company’s commitment to the dry mix industry. Dow will increase capacity in methyl cellulose production at its manufacturing facilities in Bomlitz and Bitterfeld, Germany, supporting customer requirements for high quality cellulose ether products.

Capacity increase of 19,000 metric tons

Collectively, these expansion projects represent a 19,000 metric ton increase in capacity for cellulose ethers, which are used in a variety of applications for tile adhesives, grouts, fillers, levellers and joint compounds; reinforcing and bonding mortars for External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS); gypsum plasters; and cement-based renders. The new capacities are expected to come online in 2019 and 2020.

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