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2015.09.22

Dow Corning Emphasizes Commitment to China on Occasion of its Zhangjiagang Site’s 10th Anniversary

Dow Corning emphasizes its long-term commitment to China when celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Zhangjiagang integrated silicone manufacturing site. As China’s largest facility of its kind and among the world’s biggest and most advanced integrated silicone production sites, the Zhangjiagang site is a huge investment of Dow Corning in China to serve customers and help the local economy to grow. Mr. Huang Xueyuan, Zhangjiagang Vice Mayor joined the anniversary ceremony and expressed high recognition of the site’s long-term contribution.

The Zhangjiagang integrated silicone manufacturing site has a total investment of approximately US $1.8 billion. The site mainly produces siloxane as well as a number of downstream silicone products such as sealant, silicone rubber and silicone fluid. The capacity for siloxane is 190,000 metric tons per year. Through the Zhangjiagang production complex, Dow Corning is serving growing customer demand for silicone materials in China and throughout Asia.

“China has been and will continue to be one of the priority markets for Dow Corning’s business and an engine for our future growth”, said Jeroen Bloemhard, President of Dow Corning Greater China, “Today, our products are contributing to nearly all major industries of the Chinese economy, including automotive, construction, electronics, healthcare, beauty care, to just name a few. The Zhangjiagang site contributes significantly to our ability to support both Chinese and multinational companies in these markets, and is a visible symbol of our commitment to the China market.”

Furthermore, Dow Corning is highly aware of the responsibility to preserve the environment for today and for future generations. The Zhangjiagang site has strictly adopted a 5-level hierarchy of waste management, namely elimination, reduction, reuse, recycling and disposal, to minimize the environmental impact of its operation on the community. It is also the very first facility within Dow Corning to deploy an on-site spent sulfuric acid recovery process to purify and concentrate acid for reuse in the original process, thus significantly reducing effluents and energy consumption as well as the need for road transportation.

Dow Corning applauds the Chinese government’s efforts in the area of environmental protection. At our Zhangjiagang site and elsewhere in the world, we have implemented the highest level of environmental health and safety (EHS) standards following the Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program framework to ensure we protect the safety of our employees, our communities, and our customers using our products. So I’m extremely happy we have recently achieved a record 2 million employee working hours without a recordable injury in the past two years, on this special occasion of our 10th anniversary. This is one of the best site birthday gifts for us,” said Steve Mullan, Dow Corning Zhangjiagang site manager.

As a role model in sustainable operation, the Dow Corning Zhangjiagang site has been actively sharing its experience and best practices in EHS and sustainability with its Chinese peers. The efforts were highly recognized by both “China Petroleum & Chemical Industry Federation” and “Association of International Chemical Manufactures” through prestigious Responsible Care® awards to the site in 2014 and 2015.

About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company's DOW CORNING® and XIAMETER™ brands. Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning's global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

About Responsible Care®
Responsible Care® is a voluntary initiative of the global chemical industry focused on improving performance, communication and accountability. Responsible Care® commits companies, through their national/regional chemical associations, to work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their products and processes. It is a major contribution by the industry in achieving sustainable development.

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