Midland, Michigan - Dow Polyurethanes announced 10 March that it had broken ground on a major capacity expansion at its polyols plant in Terneuzen, The Netherlands.
Dow's investment in the Terneuzen facility will expand its total polyol production capacity by 180 kilotonnes per annum.
Dow announced the expansion in Sept 2007, saying it would move forward with the detailed engineering phase of a name-plate capacity expansion at the Terneuzen plant. The expansion is on track to be completed by mid 2009.
The plant's infrastructure is currently undergoing extensive modifications, including new tanks and loading stations, Dow added.
"This expansion supports Dow's commitment to further grow our Performance businesses, like Dow Polyurethanes, throughout Europe," said Doug Warner, business director for polyols, Dow Polyurethanes.
"The Terneuzen site is one of the largest polyols production facilities in the world, and this significant investment will allow us to continue to serve our customers with the speciality polyols and polyurethanes systems products they need to differentiate themselves in the market," Warner added, in the Dow statement.
Dow claims to be the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO) and polyether polyols as well as a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) and TDI (toluene diisocyanate).
PIC: Committment to growing the polyurethanes business: Doug Warner, head of Dow's polyols business.