Zurich, Switzerland – Up to 30% of the output from Dow’s joint venture Sadara plant will serve African markets, according Jon Penrice commercial director for PU EMEA at Dow Chemical.
The plant – a joint venture with Saudi Aramco - is due on stream from 2016 and, speaking exclusively to UTECH-polyurethane.com, Penrice said the site is strategically rooted within 80% of the world’s population.
The facility will serve growing markets in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa he said but, Penrice added, “20% to 30% will go into Africa’s growing market.”
Dow’s Sadara joint venture in Saudi Arabia is scheduled to start production of polyols in 2016 and isocyanates in 2017, as reported previously at UTECH-polyurethane.com
End uses for Sadara-produced polyurethane will include energy efficient solutions for cold chain and housing markets – food and shelter, he said “the growth rates of which are faster [within Africa] albeit from a lower base.”
Penrice describes his firm’s first African-based PU systems house in Durban, South Africa as a “hub to provide the sub-Saharan region with tailor-made polyurethane systems.”
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