The investment plans include:
• A series of incremental siloxane debottleneck and efficiency improvement projects over the next three years to further increase capacity and efficiency in Dow’s siloxane manufacturing facilities around the world.
• A new hydroxyl functional siloxane polymer plant in Carrollton, KY, which will increase Dow’s polymer capacity in the Americas by 65%.
• Additional expansion projects to increase capacity in Dow’s high-value performance silicones products and intermediates. This includes a new specialty resin plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China, which will provide resin intermediates for high value silicone products, including home and personal care, pressure sensitive adhesives, antifoams, and moldable optics for lighting.
“The projects we are announcing today support our ability to continue to meet strong global demand for Dow’s silicones materials, enabling us to grow and innovate more quickly with customers and advancing our leading positions in our targeted end-markets,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company and chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont.
In addition, the company also announced the start of a feasibility study for the construction of a new, world-scale siloxane plant. The geographic location of the new proposed siloxane facility will be determined as an outcome of the feasibility study.
“As an essential addition to Dow’s global silicones manufacturing footprint, the proposed new siloxane plant will expand our access to differentiated monomers and intermediates around the world, while strengthening our capabilities to accelerate and execute our strong innovation pipeline,” said Mauro Gregorio, business president, Dow Consumer Solutions.
Dow already operates nearly 20 silicones manufacturing facilities globally, including three world-scale siloxane manufacturing facilities, located in Carrollton, KY, US; Barry, Wales, UK; and Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China.