Midland, Michigan - Dow Chemical Co. has completed its polyol expansion project at the company's plant in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, an 8 Dec company statement said.
Total polyol capacity at the Terneuzen facility has increased by 180 kilotonnes per annum to 570 ktpa. Dow has invested around Euro 70 million ($103 million) in the project and created an additional 15 jobs. The Terneuzen facility is now responsible for 40 percent of production at Dow, the company said.
Guillermo Novo, vice president of Dow Polyurethanes, said the investment will ensure a "reliable supply of essential products" to meet anticipated increased demand for polyols as the global economy recovers.
"Additional value to our customers comes from our ability to take advantage of production of propylene oxide (PO) - a raw material for polyols - at the new hydrogen-peroxide-to-propylene-oxide (HPPO) facility in nearby Antwerp, Belgium," he added.
The Terneuzen site is now the largest and most flexible of Dow's 11 polyol production plants, the statement said. (RD)