Midland, Michigan-Dow Chemical Co. is investing in new US capacity for ethyleneamines through its subsidiary, Union Carbide Corp. The group announced 23 May that this investment "will significantly advance" Dow's ability to meet market demand, both globally and in North America, for ethylenediamine (EDA) and diethylenetriamine (DETA). These two are largest volume ethyleneamine types used, Dow said.
Union Carbide will expand its existing unit at St. Charles in Hahnville, Loiuisiana for reductive amination of ethyleneamine. The company will also set up a new facility that will produce primarily DETA, which will implement propriety amination technology, Dow said.
These changes should be complete by mid-2007. Dow said it will gain "a step-change improvement in product mix flexibility and selectivity" for the materials.
"This investment underscores our commitment to invest in our performance businesses," said Pam Butcher, vice president, specialty chemicals, in Dow's announcement. "As the leading global supplier of ethyleneamines, it is critical that we continue to invest in this business to enable us to grow with our key customers," she added.
"This new investment builds upon our strong vertical integration in the ethylene oxide chain," said Kevin Dillan, global business director, Dow Amines. "When this project is complete, we will be a full-line, global ethyleneamines supplier with unprecedented ability to respond to market-driven growth opportunities in the major volume products."
Dow claims to be a leading global supplier of ethyleneamine products and custom blends, and a major consumer of EDA and DETA in downstream businesses. As well as Hahnville, Dow also makes ethyleneamines in Terneuzen, The Netherlands.
Ethyleneamines have a very wide spread of applications, with some used to make specific polyols and catalysts for use in urethane systems.