The Dow Chemical Company announced new low capital intensity, high return investments in its upstream and downstream silicones franchise to accelerate innovation and support global customers’ demand in high growth markets, such as high performance building, home and personal care, electrical and industrial, consumer goods and components assembly.
Midland/USA — The investment plans include a series of incremental siloxane debottleneck and efficiency improvement projects over the next three years to further increase capacity and efficiency in Dow’s siloxane manufacturing facilities around the world. Furthermore, a new hydroxyl functional siloxane polymer plant in Carrollton, Kentucky, will be build to increase the company's polymer capacity in the Americas by 65 %, providing the latest technology to accelerate innovation with customers. Additional expansion projects are planned to increase capacity in the high-value performance silicones products and intermediates. This includes a new specialty resin plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China, which will provide resin intermediates for high value silicone products, including home and personal care, pressure sensitive adhesives, antifoams, and moldable optics for lighting.
In addition, the company also announced the start of a feasibility study for the construction of a new, world-scale siloxane plant. The geographic location of the new proposed siloxane facility will be determined as an outcome of the feasibility study.
Mauro Gregorio, business president, Dow Consumer Solutions, said that the proposed new siloxane plant would expand the company's access to differentiated monomers and intermediates around the world, while strengthening the capabilities to accelerate and execute our strong innovation pipeline.
Dow already operates nearly twenty silicones manufacturing facilities globally, including three world-scale siloxane manufacturing facilities, located in Carrollton, Kentucky, USA, Barry, Wales, United Kingdom and Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China.