Dow Expands Manufacturing Capacity of MBS-based Additives at Grangemouth, Scotland Facility
PHILADELPHIA, PA - August 04, 2011
Dow Plastics Additives, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: Dow), announced the construction of additional equipment to both expand capacity and advance its technology at its Grangemouth, Scotland, manufacturing facility today. The expansion will significantly increase the capacity of methyl-methacrylate butadiene styrene (MBS) based additives to better serve the growing demands of Dow’s global customer base. The expansion is expected to be fully operational during the fourth quarter of 2011.
As a global leader in innovation, Dow is committed to offering the most technologically advanced additives in the world. The additional capacity of MBS products in Grangemouth, Scotland, demonstrates Dow’s commitment to investing in its downstream performance businesses. The facility will increase Dow’s capacity for MBS-based additives by 10,000 tons per year and serve customers globally.
“With this expansion, Dow is increasing not only the total capacity, but also the technical capabilities of the plant to produce the most sophisticated MBS products in the world for our customers,” said Ruby Chandy, Managing Director for Dow Plastics Additives, “and the timing of this capacity increase will help us keep pace with increasing global demand for quality MBS additives.”
Dow Plastics Additives manufactures MBS-based PARALOID™ BTA impact modifiers for PVC used in rigid packaging applications and PARALOID™ EXL additives for engineering resins used in consumer durables and transportation applications at the Grangemouth site.
About Dow Plastics Additives
As a global supplier of plastics additives serving packaging, building and construction and engineering materials worldwide, Dow Plastics Additives provides the market with a broad line of high quality additives for vinyl, polyester, polycarbonate and other engineering plastics, their alloys and poly-lactic acid resins. With manufacturing facilities globally and a worldwide team the business offers speed to market, technical expertise and market-driven solutions to customers. More information about Dow Plastics Additives can be found at www.dow.com/additives.
Dow (NYSE: Dow) combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
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