Performance Materials and Chemicals
The Performance Materials & Chemicals segment is comprised of five market-focused, technology-driven, customer-centric global businesses that are advantaged through integration and driven by innovative technology and solutions: Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl, Chlorinated Organics, Epoxy, Industrial Solutions and Polyurethanes. Products produced by this segment are back-integrated into feedstocks, supporting a low-cost manufacturing base and consistent, reliable supply.
The Performance Materials & Chemicals segment is positioned for growth through diverse markets and product offerings. The segment has broad geographic reach with sales in more than 140 countries and manufacturing facilities located in all geographic areas. Performance Materials & Chemicals has a diverse product line that serves customers in a large number of industries including appliance, construction, industrial and infrastructure.
Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl
The Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl business provides cost-advantaged chlorine and caustic soda supply and integration for Dow’s performance businesses, including Polyurethanes, Epoxy, Chlorinated Organics and Agricultural Sciences.
Approximately 90 percent of the chlorine produced internally by Dow is consumed by these performance businesses. Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl includes the marketing of caustic soda, a valuable co-product of the chlor-alkali manufacturing process, and ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride monomer, essential for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The Chlorinated Organics business is a recognized leader in supplying chlorinated organic products and solutions for safe and sustainable uses, such as intermediates or feedstocks to produce electronics, agricultural products and fluoropolymers and non-ozone depleting refrigerants.
The Epoxy business is a global supplier of epoxy resins, curing agents, intermediates and systems which serve a diverse array of industries and market sectors, including electrical laminates, civil engineering, composites, industrial coatings, infrastructure and consumer goods.
The Industrial Solutions business enables manufacturing of the world’s goods and services with additive solutions that minimize friction and heat in mechanical processes, manage the oil and water interface, deliver active ingredients for maximum effectiveness, facilitate dissolvability and provide the foundational building blocks for the development of chemical technologies.
The business supports industrial manufacturers associated with virtually all end markets, notably electronics, agricultural chemicals, engine/heavy equipment, coatings, adhesives and inks, and detergents and cleaners. Industrial Solutions is also the world’s largest producer of purified ethylene oxide. Approximately 80 percent of the ethylene oxide produced by Dow is consumed within Industrial Solutions.
Polyurethanes is comprised of four businesses: Isocyanates, Polyols, Polyurethane Systems and Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycol. The Polyurethanes business is the world’s largest producer of propylene oxide and propylene glycol as well a leading producer of polyether polyols and aromatic isocyanates that serve energy efficiency, consumer comfort and industrial market sectors. Performance Materials & Chemicals businesses consume approximately 80 percent of the propylene oxide produced by Dow.
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