Dow Oxygenated Solvents Announces Butyl Glycol Ether Expansion Project at Seadrift, Texas Facility

Midland, MI, USA - March 12, 2012

The Dow Oxygenated Solvents business announces an expansion plan to increase capacity of Butyl Glycol Ethers at its Seadrift, Texas facility.  This plan is part of a two-phase debottleneck project that will increase capacity of Butyl CELLOSOLVE™ Solvent and Butyl CARBITOL™ Solvent by 15%.  Phase 1 will be completed later this month; followed by Phase 2, which will be finished during a planned turnaround this fall. 

Mark Bassett, Global Business Director for Oxygenated Solvents, states, “This expansion, in addition to Dow’s investment in Sadara, demonstrates Oxygenated Solvents commitment to our customers’ growth needs.  The Seadrift debottleneck is the first of a series of announcements that will highlight major projects that are currently underway within the business.  These investments reinforce our commitment to the market and being the world’s premier supplier of Oxygenated Solvents.”     

Dow is the world’s largest supplier of Butyl Glycol Ethers.  Dow’s Butyl Glycol Ethers are extremely versatile solvents with an excellent balance of several different physical properties including high performance, range of compatibility, fast evaporation rate and 100% solubility.  These key raw materials are used primarily in the production of coatings, household and industrial cleaners, brake fluids, inks and oil and gas.

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