Dubai, UAE - Dow Chemical Co. has opened a polyurethane systems market development and prototyping laboratory at its systems house in Egypt. This unit will "help create new products that meet the growing needs of the local customer base across Middle East, India and Africa," said a 23 April Dow statement.
"As a business we are committed to growth. We are investing in new products, in new markets," said Juan Antonio Merino, general manager Dow Polyurethane Systems, in Dow's announcement.
Dow has a strategy of adding to its current global network of facilities for market development and prototyping laboratories, Merino added. Here, as with the unit inaugurated in Cairo, the aim is "to be closer to our customer base and satisfy their needs in a fast and effective way," the Dow executive continued.
Dow Polyurethane System's new laboratory will support development of formulated polyurethane products to serve a wide range of uses while the PU systems facility will continue to make and commercialise products for applications such as appliances, building & construction, footwear, and CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) materials for products for the oil and gas industry, for example. The unit will also carry on supplying flexible systems for the furniture and transport industries.
Dow Mideast Systems and the polyurethane systems facility have been operating since 1997. epw
PIC: Last year, Dow was in the news in Egypt when its experts developed a rigid PU foam system to protect an 85-tonne granite statue of the pharaoh Ramses II. The 3200 year-old statue needed cushioning as it took the 10-hour journey from downtown Cairo to the Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of Giza. ?"