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Dow Formulated Systems Inaugurates Expanded Formulated Polyol Plant in Navi Mumbai

A Key Element of Dow India’s Industrial Footprint

Mumbai - February 09, 2010

Dow Formulated Systems, a business unit of Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India), today inaugurated its expanded Polyurethane Systems House (PUSH) and formulated polyol facility in Kalwa, Thane, India. The Kalwa facility is part of the company’s strategy to invest in infrastructure enabling the manufacture of key ingredients for specialty applications.

Harish Badami, President & Managing Director, Dow India, said: "The expansion of the Kalwa facility marks an important step in better servicing our customers in the Indian market. Located in Navi Mumbai, the facility builds on Dow India’s logistics capabilities by servicing one of the country’s most important industrial and economical hubs. It also enhances Dow India’s ability to provide cost-effective yet technology-advanced customised solutions to Indian consumers."

The Kalwa site houses Dow’s Formulated Systems blending facility together with customer application centres and employs 115 people. The formulated polyol blended at the site is used for application in diverse sectors, including construction, refrigeration, home appliances, automotive seating, footwear, furnishing and bedding. The Kalwa site was originally opened as a technical service centre in 2004.

The Dow Polyurethane System House is a part of Dow Formulated Systems, a business unit that leverages 60 years of Dow’s expertise in polyurethane and epoxy-based chemistry combined with a continued strong drive for innovation and growth to provide more than 5,000 tailored formulations to more than 2500 customers worldwide.

To celebrate the inauguration of the expanded facility, the company also donated a state-of-the-art science lab to students from the local Navi Mumbai Municipality Corporation school no. 55. The initiative is part of Dow’s commitment to supporting the welfare and growth of the communities in which it operates. The Kalwa facility has an active community outreach programme in the area, which has also previously supported the refurbishment of two Angan Wadis (Community Centres) in Navi Mumbai, sponsored a community tree plantation drive and facilitated a teachers training programme in environmental education.

About Dow India

Dow Chemical International Private Limited (Dow India) is committed to consistent growth through its expertise as a science and technology leader, its experience as a leading chemical company, and its engagement with the communities in which it operates. With more than 900 employees in 11 locations across the country, Dow India provides products and solutions for important segments of the Indian chemical industry including building and construction, plastics and packaging, water and health, food and pharma, automotive, electronics, and renewable energy. Dow India has established three Centers of Excellence in the areas of Engineering (Chennai), Research & Development (Pune) and Transactional Services and Expertise (Mumbai) as well as three manufacturing sites and a variety of commercial offices. As a responsible corporate citizen, Dow India provides free artificial limbs and technology development for the 'Jaipur Foot' initiative; built homes through the 'Habitat for Humanity' Jimmy Carter Work Project, and is providing water purification technology to supply clean drinking water to villages in India. Further information can be found at www.dow.in


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