Stade, Germany - The Dow Chemical Company has increased the monopropylene glycol (MPG) capacity of its Stade, Germany plant by 15 percent, an additional 35 kilotonnes per annum, following completion of an advanced energy improvement and technology optimisation project.
The move takes the plant's nameplate capacity to about 270 ktpa, giving the firm global PG capacity of over 700 ktpa, said Dow, in a 30 Nov announcement.
"The investment in our Stade propylene glycol unit exemplifies Dow's commitment to innovative technology and continued growth in reliable, high-quality PG manufacturing to help meet our customers' evolving needs," said John Smith, propylene oxide/propylene glycols global business director for Dow. "This capacity provides Dow with greater flexibility and reliability in meeting the demand growth of our strategic customers in Europe and across the globe," he added.
Dow claims to be global capacity leader in propylene oxide and PG manufacture, with global PO capacity of over 2000 ktpa. It has five global PG manufacturing facilities including the Stade plant - which is one of the world's largest capacity plants - two facilities in North America, a facility in Brazil, and another in Australia.