Dow Performance Plastics Advances Facilities to Propel Adhesive Technologies for Packaging

Dow announces plans to devote resources to its laminating adhesive facilities

HOUSTON - October 09, 2013

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), announces today a series of planned improvements to its West Alexandria, Ohio, and Ringwood, Ill., facilities. Upgrades are targeted at the Company’s adhesives and functional materials product line to meet the needs of global customers and reinforce Dow’s prioritized focus on enabling ongoing growth in strategic end markets.

“Dow sees immense opportunities and value in the laminating adhesives industry and is excited to work with our customers to improve packaging that people use every day,” states Courtney Fretz, North American product director, Dow Adhesives and Functional Materials. “Updating vital assets to create state-of-the-art facilities further strengthens our industry-leading innovation pipeline. Whether our customers need blemish-free surfaces for condiment packages or they need to create tough flexible packages and laminates for industrial use, these timely facility improvements will allow us to provide customers with reliable, cutting-edge technologies.”

These improvements further reinforce Dow’s commitment to anticipating and serving customer needs, enabling competitive advantage and delivering differentiated technology solutions to its customers. Updates are targeted at further enhancing product reliability and accelerating the creation of new solutions.

At the recent PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, Dow showcased the newest additions of high-performing products including two new grades to the ADCOTE™ Adhesives and Coatings family, MOR-FREE™ L82-105/C33 Adhesive and LAMAL™ 90-103 Adhesive. These new offerings improve a variety of applications that span from industrial applications to food and snack packages for meats, cheeses, chips, coffee, snacks, sauces and more.

In addition to the customer-focused upgrades to the Company’s West Alexandria, Ohio, and Ringwood, Ill., facilities, Dow’s newly launched Pack Studios, located in Freeport, Texas, will also provide customers with expanded facilities with commercial-grade testing equipment, Collaboration Rooms virtually linked to other Pack Studios around the world, as well as on-site technical specialists to further enhance collaborative synergies.

“Investing to create safer, more efficient facilities and exploring innovative technologies to meet customer needs affirms our dedication to furthering the adhesive market,” explains Fretz. “Through updating our facilities with high-quality equipment and an unparalleled team of technical support, we have all the components needed to help our customers tackle the toughest adhesive challenges.”

For more information on Dow adhesive technologies, visit the Dow Performance Plastics page.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology 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 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 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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