Dow Inaugurates New Coating Materials Plant in Sichuan, Western China

Meishan, Sichuan - 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.

About Dow Coating Materials

Dow Coating Materials is the most innovative coatings raw material supplier in the world; driving fundamental shifts in the coatings industry and moving the market as the expert’s expert in coatings solutions. Through its mission of collaboration, inspiration, innovation and growth, the business provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 13 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business.

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 $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.