Midland, Michigan-Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a new facility to make propylene oxide-based glycol ethers, at Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, in the People's Republic of China. This 120 kilotonnes per annum facility is scheduled to come on line in late 2008.
"Customers recognise the value of Dowanol PM glycol ethers in electronics, as well as paints and coatings applications" said Martin Sutcliffe, Dow's global business director, Glycol Ethers, in a company statement.
Dow pointed out that Zhangjiagang, a strategic site for the group, is on the Yangtze River, about 200 km upstream from Shanghai. This makes it a good location from which to supply major, established markets in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, as well as meet growing demand in China, Dow added.
"We appreciate the support and loyalty our customers have shown us," says Jim McIlvenny, president, Dow Asia Pacific. "This investment underscores our commitment to China and is another step forward in our strategy to grow with our customers in emerging geographies."