Dow’s Planned World-Scale NORDEL™ Plant to Deliver New Capabilities, Competitive Advantage for Customers


Advanced post-metallocene catalyst technology, new capacity enable high Mooney viscosity

MIDLAND, Mich. - October 02, 2013

Dow Elastomers, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), will soon break ground on its planned world-scale NORDEL™ EPDM (ethylene propylene-diene terpolymer) facility in Plaquemine, La., which will utilize the Company’s newest proprietary catalyst technology to enable products with high Mooney viscosity.

"The planned NORDEL facility will position Dow as the only advanced post-metallocene producer globally, enabling a broader range of EPDM solutions for our customers, while also meeting increasing global demand for our current EPDM applications,” said Kim Ann Mink, Ph.D., Business President, Dow Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications. “This investment underscores how Dow’s industry-leading material and formulation science capabilities – backed by strong market orientation and enhanced customer intimacy – continue to serve as the foundation for our ability to differentiate and win in the market.”

The facility, which will service customers globally, is expected to come online in 2016 and will leverage Dow’s comprehensive investment plan to serve its downstream businesses through increased ethylene and propylene production in the U.S. Gulf Coast and to connect the Company's U.S. operations into feedstock opportunities from increasing supplies of shale gas. Dow is the only EPDM producer globally that has announced expansion in the highly advantaged region.

“This NORDEL plant will set the standard in quality, product performance, and production efficiencies, and coupled with the benefits of Dow’s shale gas investments will further solidify Dow’s unparalleled leadership position in the EPDM market,” said David Mitchell, Global Marketing Director, Dow Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications. “We are excited to continue to grow with our customers globally and to delivering the performance and value advantages needed to produce the highest quality products.”

The news comes as NORDEL™ celebrates 50 years of product offerings to the EPDM industry. Launched in 1963, NORDEL was touted for delivering breakthrough properties and benefits that natural rubber and even some synthetics at the time lacked, including: high resistance to ozone; serviceability across a broad range of temperatures; chemical and abrasion resistance; and durability against sunlight and weathering.

NORDEL customers enjoy excellent control, performance, processing advantages and precision that yields minimal blemishes, defects and rejects, and often specify NORDEL as a preferred solution due to its consistent structure, which lends itself to easy processing and lot-to-lot consistency.

Dow Elastomers is the largest global producer of metallocene EPDM, with more than 50 years of experience in a variety of application and market segments including transportation, building and construction, wire and cable and general rubber products.

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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