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Dow starts up new polyether polyols plant in Thailand

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Dow Polyurethanes, a business of The Dow Chemical Company announced the successful start-up of a new polyether polyols plant in Asia Industrial Estate, Rayong, Thailand.

The facility’s annual capacity of up to 200 kilotons will increase Dow’s participation in one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. Source: Fotomek/Fotolia
The facility’s annual capacity of up to 200 kilotons will increase Dow’s participation in one of the fastest-growing regions in the world. Source:...

The Company invited customers to the site for a celebration and facility tour to showcase the technologies and capabilities the plant provides to the industry.

Accelerating growth

"This expansion is directly aligned to our long-term strategy to address customer demands and invest in high-value markets where our technology and services are differentiated,” said Glenn Wright, business president for Dow’s Polyurethanes business. "We are committed to listening and responding to market dynamics with value-added products and services that benefit our customers and help them seize growth opportunities.” Dow works closely with customers in the industrial, energy efficiency and consumer comfort industries to maximise opportunities that arise from shifting markets, sustainability trends, new regulations and energy dynamics.

"Given the pace of growth in Asia Pacific, Dow is constantly striving to meet evolving market needs while identifying new ways to accelerate our own growth,” said Peter Sykes, President of Dow Asia Pacific. "The successful start up of this new polyol production facility in Asia Industrial Estate not only completes our site integration model, it further strengthens our presence in Asia Pacific and enables us to better serve our customers through providing competitive and innovative solutions to their needs.” added Sykes.

Technologies reduce overall footprint

Utilising proven DMC catalyst technology, the facility will deliver local, high quality, reliable supply of polyether polyols into a variety of consumer comfort and industrial applications. "This new polyols production facility truly demonstrates Dow’s commitment to our customers in Asia and to our manufacturing standards in Thailand. We are setting new performance standards by utilising cutting-edge technologies in this new plant, which can reduce the overall footprint of our facility, including energy consumption and waste water generation by 50-70 percent, and eliminating 100 percent of solid waste,” said Jirasak Singmaneechai, Managing Director of Dow Thailand.

Capacity of up to 200 kilotons

The facility’s annual capacity of up to 200 kilotons will increase Dow’s participation in one of the largest and fastest-growing regions in the world. This solidifies Dow’s position as one of the key players in foam technology for furniture, mattresses and bedding, and in specialty markets like high-performing coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers serving infrastructure, transportation and construction markets. Announced in 2006, the project began with cracker and polyethylene chain developments and has expanded to include the Company’s most recent advancements. The production site will largely serve customers in Southeast Asia, China and India. The plant is one in a recent series of global polyol investments by Dow to deliver growth in targeted markets, with the first coming on line in Freeport, Texas late last year, the next slated for start-up in 2016 as part of the Company’s Sadara joint venture with Saudi Aramco in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and another at the Company’s Terneuzen site in The Netherlands.

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