Midland, Michigan -- Dow Chemical Co. said 3 July that it has finished a 59 kilotonnes-per-annum expansion to its manufacturing capability for specialty polyols at Freeport, Texas, announced in 2007. The added capacity is needed in order to meet the need for differentiated polyurethane products from customers in the automotive, coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, and furniture and bedding industries, said Dow.
Polyols manufactured at Freeport support demand for speciality products and systems in North America, said the Midland, Michigan-headquartered group.
Commenting on the expansion, Doug Warner, global director for Polyols at Dow Polyurethanes, said "Sustained market needs in speciality products have been a driving factor in this capability enhancement. ... We want to make sure our customers have a family of differentiated products they need to remain successful, even in today's challenging conditions."
The completion of this project, which Dow said coincides with the closing of its Sarnia, Ontario, polyols facility, announced in mid-2006, "further strengthens Dow's competitiveness in today's challenging economic environment," claimed Dow's statement.