Dow Inaugurates New Coating Materials Plant in Sichuan, Western China
Meishan, Sichuan - May 07, 2018 - The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) today announced the official opening of its coating materials plant in western China. The new facility, located in the Cheng Mei Petrochemical Zone, approximately 50 kilometers from Chengdu, will produce acrylic emulsion and additives to address the growing needs of the architectural and industrial coating markets.
The plant is Dow's first manufacturing site in western China and is evidence of Dow's firm commitment to explore China's emerging western inland markets, as well as its support of the Belt and Road initiative of the Chinese government.
"Western China is at the forefront of the nation's Belt and Road initiative. Sustainable urbanization and infrastructure upgrade in the region provide tremendous business opportunities for Dow," said Yoke Loon Lim, president of Dow Greater China. "Our innovative and sustainable solutions align well with the market needs in western China. The new facility is part of Dow's commitment to strengthen its local manufacturing and service footprint to better serve the market." In 2012, Dow opened its western China business center in Chengdu to provide on-the-ground sales, service, and technical support to local customers and partners.
Ashok Kalyana, business director, Dow Coating Materials Asia Pacific, commented, "We are very excited about our newly added local production facility for sustainably advantaged coating materials. The new plant will play a critical role in providing solutions in a fast and effective manner to our current and potential customers in western China. With outstanding features like low odor, low VOC emissions, and high performance, our products help customers better meet the increasingly stringent environment and quality standards of the Chinese government."
Since breaking ground, the plant has adhered to Dow's global environmental, health, and safety guidelines. It will be run as a role model of sustainable operations. Wastewater, waste gas, and solid wastes will be treated with Dow's advanced techniques and in compliance with China's national and local sustainability requirements. In October 2017, the plant was awarded a government encouragement fund totaling RMB 3.19 million by the Sichuan provincial government in recognition of its industry-leading sustainable operations and products.
Dow currently operates 17 manufacturing sites and 10 business centers with approximately 5,000 employees across Greater China, which is now the second largest international market for Dow globally.
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow's market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.
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Dow Coating Materials Asia Pacific
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