The Performance Monomers business of The Dow Chemical Company announced a 10% increase in capacity for the production of glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) at its Freeport, Texas facility. This results from a successful debottlenecking initiative that addresses Dow's need to increase GMA capacity for its strategic customers. Key drivers for this effort include improving process and mechanical reliability.
"Through the GMA debottlenecking initiative, Dow made significant process and reliability improvements, which delivered a considerable increase in plant capacity in less than a year,” said David Mongrue, global business manufacturing director for Performance Monomers. “This further reinforces Dow's commitment towards delivering on our strategy of being a highly reliable organization and growing with our strategic customers."
Dow is currently the leading worldwide supplier of GMA, which is a high purity, dual functionality monomer ideally suited for coating and resin applications. Primary applications for GMA include automotive and powder coatings, radiation curable coatings, waterborne resins, industrial and protective finishes, appliance and hardware finishes, adhesives, electrical laminates, hydrogenated LER substitutes as well as plastic modifiers.
Radiation-curable formulations, including coatings, inks, adhesives and electronics, are cross-linked by high-intensity ultraviolet (UV) light or electron beam (EB) energy sources. Radiation-curable products are used in a wide variety of applications…