Dow Plans Capacity Expansion Projects to Meet Global Silicone Demand

Glass Magazine
October 1, 2018
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION

Officials from The Dow Chemical Co. announced investments in its upstream and downstream silicones franchise to accelerate innovation and support global customers’ demand in high growth markets, including high-performance building.

“The projects we are announcing today support our ability to continue to meet strong global demand for Dow’s silicones materials, enabling us to grow and innovate more quickly with customers and advancing our leading positions in our targeted end-markets,” says Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Co. and chief operating officer for the materials science division of DowDuPont. “Further, these targeted investments are expected to deliver fast paybacks and higher return on invested capital for Dow, contributing to greater earnings and cash generation.”

The investment plans include:

  • a series of incremental siloxane debottleneck and efficiency improvement projects over the next three years to further increase capacity and efficiency in Dow’s siloxane manufacturing facilities around the world
  • a new hydroxyl functional siloxane polymer plant in Carrollton, Kentucky, which will increase Dow’s polymer capacity in the Americas by 65 percent, providing the latest technology to accelerate innovation with customers
  • and additional expansion projects to increase capacity in Dow’s high-value performance silicones products and intermediates.

In addition, the company also announced the start of a feasibility study for the construction of a new, world-scale siloxane plant. The geographic location of the new proposed siloxane facility will be determined as an outcome of the feasibility study.

“Dow is committed to our ongoing investment in both upstream and downstream assets to bring a reliable supply to our customers,” says Mauro Gregorio, business president, Dow Consumer Solutions. “As an essential addition to Dow’s global silicones manufacturing footprint, the proposed new siloxane plant will expand our access to differentiated monomers and intermediates around the world, while strengthening our capabilities to accelerate and execute our strong innovation pipeline.”