Dow recently announced a series of incremental, high-return capacity expansions to support growing demand across key end markets. According to Dow, all of these end markets value sustainable solutions and continue to grow faster than GDP.

In Dow’s Consumer Solutions business, several key growth projects are planned to come online globally throughout 2021 and will increase the capacities of:

  • Silicone elastomers and thermally conductive materials—meeting growing demand for vehicles that are lighter, safer, and have a lower carbon footprint
  • Silicone polymers and sealants—supporting greater design flexibility and enabling safe, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing architectures
  • Silicone engineered materials and pressure-sensitive adhesives—improving reliability and efficiency in consumer and electronics markets
  • CatHEC (cationic hydroxyethylcellulose) polymers and PEGs (polyethylene glycols)—addressing a variety of home and personal care applications

“Dow is committed to investing in differentiated silicone and specialty materials assets to drive innovation and grow with our customers globally,” said Mauro Gregorio, president of Dow Performance Materials & Coatings. “There is growing demand for high-performance materials that enable sustainable solutions, and we look forward to further collaboration with our industry partners and customers following these expansions.”

In Dow’s Polyurethanes & Construction Chemicals business, the company plans to increase propylene glycol (PG) capacity at its existing facility in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, by 80,000 tons per year. Dow reports that this project, which will bring total capacity to 250,000 tons per year, will make the Dow Map Ta Phut PG facility the largest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. The capacity will support customer growth across Asia-Pacific and India and is expected to come online in 2024.

“This increased propylene glycol capacity optimizes our existing asset infrastructure to enable continued growth in high-value applications and positions us to better serve our customers in fast-growing markets,” said Jane Palmieri, president of Dow Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure.

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