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USA: Investments Dow Expands Global Glycol Ethers Production and Invests in US Alkoxylation Facility

| Editor: Alexander Stark

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced a series of phased, incremental investments to expand its global glycol ethers capacity to meet increasing demand in key end-markets and applications. The company also announced plans to invest in an alkoxylation facility on the US Gulf Coast.

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Dow headquarters in Midland, USA.
Dow headquarters in Midland, USA.
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Midland/USA — After completion of the expansion of global glycol ethers capacity, the company will have nearly doubled its current capacity of these product lines. The company plans to increase its production capacity of select p-series and performance glycol ethers product lines, including Dowanol Glycol Ethers, through a series of seven debottlenecking and incremental expansion projects.

These phased investments will begin in 2018 and are expected to continue over the next several years. The first increments of the new capacity will become available by end of 2019.

Demand for glycol ethers continues to rise as a result of urbanization, a growing middle class, evolving and stricter regulations and increasing sustainability challenges. Glycol ethers are used in a variety of applications to help deliver improved performance and reduced health and environmental impacts of the end products.

Investment in Alkoxylation Facility

Upon completion, the new alkoxylation facility will support global growth in the supplier’s core end-markets related to infrastructure and home and personal care, as well as additional end-markets where Dow intends to strengthen its position for the Triton, Tergitol, Ecosurf and Carbowax brands. Ester Baiget, Business President for Dow Industrial Solutions, said that they continue to see strong demand, well ahead of global GDP, across multiple consumer, industrial and manufacturing sectors. These investments would build on their recent US Gulf Coast investments.

The new alkoxylation facility is expected to come online by the end of 2021. This expansion is in addition to various incremental debottlenecking projects being conducted across the company’s global alkoxylation production units.

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