Polyol Projects Start–Up Dow Brings Polyols Production in Thailand On–Stream

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Dow's Polyurethanes business has just started up commercial production at a new state-of-the-art polyether polyols plant in Asia Industrial Estate, Rayong, Thailand. The new facility shall support the Asian demand in key growth markets for versatile polyurethane chemistry, speakers explained.

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Bangkok/Thailand – The new 2000 kilotons/year facility uses DMC catalyst technology to produce polyether polyols for a variety of consumer comfort and industrial applications, Dow explained.

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.

New Facility to Support Asia Demand in Key Markets

“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.”

“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.