Dow expand epoxy capacity by 10 per cent

Dow to expand epoxy capacity by 10 per cent

12:32 PM, 18th June 2011
Dow to expand epoxy capacity by 10 per cent

MIDLAND, US: Dow Epoxy, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), has announced plans to expand liquid epoxy resin (LER) capacity at its plant in Stade, Germany. This expansion will provide additional capacity as early as fourth quarter 2012 and will increase capacity by 30 KTA, a 10 per cent increase in the company’s global LER capacity.

The new capacity will be used to keep pace with expected market growth in specialty applications, while also supporting geographic growth throughout Europe, the Middle East, China and India. The investment will ensure reliable supply of epoxy resin from a world-class manufacturing facility, the company informed.

“Germany’s leadership in sustainability driven innovations makes the country an excellent place for such an investment. An expanded LER capacity in Stade will allow us to increase our contribution to key technology developments,” said Ralf Brinkmann, President, Dow Germany.

Dow’s back integration into key epoxy components and raw materials will help ensure reliable supply of the LER for specialty growth applications such as wind energy, composites, electronic materials and coatings. Further supporting the LER expansion is the recent investment in chlorine through a 50:50 manufacturing joint venture with Mitsui & Co Ltd of Tokyo, Japan to construct, own and operate a new membrane chlor-alkali facility located at Dow’s Freeport, Texas, integrated manufacturing complex.

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