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Smart Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry lead to lower ozone depletion and cost efficiency

The Dow Chemical Company in collaboration with Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and the United Nations Development Program in Egypt hosted live demonstrations of latest state of the art machinery

Cairo, Egypt - July 07, 2011

The successful completion of ‘Innovative Low Cost Hydrocarbon Technologies’, a pilot project which allows for more cost-effective and lower environmental impactly-friendly solutions to polyurethane production, was marked with a demonstration of the state of the art technology.

Beginning in 2010, Dow Mideast Systems took part in this turnkey pilot project as the host and testing facility of the newly designed machine, allowing for the use of a technical and economical solution for blowing agents in polyurethane foams. The main objective of the project is to replace the use of ozone-depleting hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) as blowing agents for PU production. A team of global and local Dow employees worked closely with UNDP experts and the machine supplier to develop and implement the full experimental plan.

During a tour of Dow Mideast Systems, the polyurethane manufacturing facility of The Dow Chemical Company in Egypt, approximately 60 visitors including a number of technical directors, officials from the Egyptian government, delegates from the UNDP and others representing a variety of industries received a firsthand look at the new solution in action.

The success of this project contributes to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. The search for low cost hydrocarbon technologies comes within the framework of cooperation between the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on phasing out substances that deplete the ozone layer.

The machine was developed by SaipSAIP, an innovation and full-quality driven equipment designer and manufacturer for the polyurethane industry, which was established in 1978 and headquartered in Inverigo (Como,Italy).

“We are honored and excited to have been part of this pilot project, which was a perfect match to the Dow culture and belief. At Dow we connect chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems,” said Mohamed Sabry, Country Manager, Dow Egypt.

Zuhair Allawi, Commercial Director, Dow Africa & Middle East added; “Polyurethane production chemistry is fundamental to many diversified industries, such as from construction ,automotive, appliances and to Footwear to name a few and this complexity of industries and applications poses numerous challenges as well as opportunities. At Dow we dedicate around US$1.7 billion annually to research and development, harnessing the power of chemistry to make the world safer and cleaner for generations to come. We focus on developing products and solutions that make sustainable improvements in the world”.

More than 20 machine trials were completed by mid- 2011, to validate the use of hydrocarbon-based blowing agents and a different blending concept.

Results from the pilot project showcased the means for a safe and economical switch to the use of hydrocarbons, reducing the impact on the environment, and will helping cost reduction for small and medium sized companies.

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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.

About Dow in Egypt

Dow has been present in Egypt for almost 40 years. Today, Dow in Egypt runs a representative office and a manufacturing facility. The representative office covers Egypt and North Africa, and supports Dow’s key global businesses, namely Basic Plastics and Chemicals, Performance Plastics and Chemicals and Market Facing Units such as Dow Oil & Gas and Dow Coating Solutions. Dow Mideast Systems is Dow’s manufacturing facility comprised of a production unit and quality control laboratories. In 2006, the Dow Polyurethane Systems team of experts protected a historical treasure by wrapping the 85-ton granite statue of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II in VORACOR™ rigid polyurethane foam system ensuring a safe, 10-hour journey from downtown Cairo to the Grand Egyptian Museum near the Great Pyramids of Giza. For more information about Dow in Africa, please visit www.dow.com/africa

Innovation for Sustainability

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to innovate solutions for a more sustainable world. Our innovation engine is focused on development and commercialization of carbon mitigation, alternative energy, water purification, crop productivity, building efficiency and many more solutions that improve lives while protecting the planet. We are as committed to reducing our own footprint as we are to delivering technology that helps the rest of society do the same. In 2006, we established our second set of Sustainability Goals, which we report on publicly every quarter. Our commitment to sustainability is integral to our corporate vision, mission, and values – which continue to drive change that is good for the environment, good for people, and good for business.

About Saip Equipment —

Saip is an innovation and full-quality driven equipment designer and manufacturer for the polyurethane industry. Saip is committed to always developing innovative solutions for its customers’ sustainable business success, and profitable growth. Established in 1978 and headquartered in Inverigo (Como, Italy), Saip counts on around 50 trained and highly qualified committed employees leveraging a network of commercial branches and affiliated companies around the world. Saip provides its customers with exclusive technical assistance focused on their needs. Saip has developed in the years dedicated product lines for its sectors of activity including the CONTITECH and DITECH solutions for insulating panels; REFTECH for refrigeration, SAIPTECH for custom made solutions, PIPETECH for pipe insulation. The Saip product offering includes a wide range of competitive dispensing machines and state-of-the-art high and low pressure dispensing systems, including foam machines and micro-shot metering units also for the world of elastomers, and rotational systems. Saip provides its customers with the highest levels of project-team specialization, ensuring continuity in relationships. More at www.saipequipment.it.


For Editorial Information:

Sara S Migally
The Dow Chemical Company
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