Midland, Michigan - Dow Polyurethanes is examining the feasibility of expanding toluene diisocyanate (TDI) production at its 60 kilotonnes-per-annum facility in Camaçari, Brazil.
Such an expansion, by an unspecified amount, involves using a new process technology designed to turn Camaçari into a leading world-class production facility, said Dow, in an 18 Feb announcement.
"With its sustained overall economic growth and robust chemical sector, Latin America is an important region for Dow," commented Pat Dawson, business president, Dow Polyurethanes, in Dow's statement. "The TDI capacity expansion would enable us to support the growingmanufacturing capabilities of our Latin American customers who need areliable supply of this raw material to serve their local markets,"Dawson added.
Decisions on the project are expected by the fourth quarter of 2008: if approved, the new TDI capacity would come online in 2011.
Demand for TDI in Latin America is expected to grow by about 1 to 2 percent above gross domestic product through 2015, according to Dow,
"With this potential expansion, Dow continues to demonstrate our commitment to the success of our customers, to the industry and to this important region," commented Fernando Rodriguez, commercial director, Dow Polyurethanes Latin America.