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Dow Performance Monomers expands capacity

October 12, 2011

The performance monomers business of The Dow Chemical Company announced a 10 percent 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.”

GMA 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.

Dow also expanded capacity for the production of crude ccrylic ccid (CAA) at its Bühlen, Germany facility by 25 percent. This represents the cumulative result of several successful debottlenecking and reliability initiatives that address Dow’s need to increase CAA capacity. This additional CAA at Böhlen will be used to increase butyl acrylate (BA) and glacial acrylic acid (GAA) production at the site.

“The crude acrylic acid capacity increase is an important milestone for Dow,” said Bob Summerhayes, global supply chain director for performance monomers. “We are excited to continue investing in our European production footprint and about the opportunities generated by Dow’s European customer base. Overall this is a valuable addition that reinforces Dow’s commitment to growth for the region and further adds to our global footprint.”

Acrylic monomers from Dow are used primarily in coatings, inks, textiles, home and personal care and energy markets.

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