Vladimir, Russia - Dow Izolan, a joint venture set up in mid-2006 between Dow Chemical Co. and Russian polyurethane systems company Izolan Ltd, broke ground 9 Sept on a new polyurethane systems manufacturing facility at the existing Izolan site in Vladimir, Russia, some 170 km north east of Moscow. This new facility will add to the company's ability to offer a broad range of polyurethane formulations, ranging from rigid foam systems used in construction panels and insulation to flexible foam systems for arm rests, head rests and seating in automotive applications, said a statement from the company.
This addition to the JV's existing 100-employee plant will add to Dow Izolan's services to Russian customers in the fast-growing domestic markets in automotive, consumer, footwear, furniture, appliance and construction uses, said Dow Izolan's statement.
Describing Russia as "one of the world's largest emerging economies," Aldo de Santi, general manager, Dow Izolan, said the country is "undergoing tremendous growth. … To satisfy consumers' appetites for new cars, energy efficient homes and better appliances, the polyurethanes industry must keep up with ever increasing demand," de Santi continued. "By expanding our manufacturing capabilities in the region, we can offer our Russian customers the fastest, most technically advanced solutions to their growing needs."
The facility is scheduled for start-up in mid-2009.
"Combining the strengths of both Dow Polyurethane Systems and Izolan has enabled us to expand our presence in Russia, and continue to develop and commercialise products and technologies to meet specific requirements of the local market," said Juan Antonio Merino, general manager, Dow Polyurethane Systems, in the announcement.
Dow Izolan is able to combine the global technology and raw materials integration of Dow Polyurethane Systems -- with 17 systems houses, seven service centres, and two research and development centres -- with Izolan's regional market experience and strong focus on local customers, said the company. The group claims that the JV "is the leader in the polyurethane components market in Russia and the CIS," serving more than 700 customers in industries including construction, automotive, shipbuilding, and refrigeration equipment.
PIC: Aldo de Santi, general manager of Dow Izolan