Chemicals and materials manufacturer Dow is carrying out several capacity expansion projects to support the growth of its Consumer Solutions business, the company announced in a July 1 release. The investments are intended to help the company meet increasing demand across key end markets.
The company is adding capacity for silicone elastomers and thermally conductive materials, silicone polymers and sealants, silicone engineered materials and pressure sensitive adhesives, and cationic hydroxyethylcellulose (CatHEC) polymers and polyethylene glycols (PEGs). End users of the products automotive, architecture, consumer products, electronics, and home and personal care goods.
“Dow is committed to investing in differentiated silicone and specialty materials assets to drive innovation and grow with our customers globally,” Mauro Gregorio, president of Dow Performance Materials & Coatings, said in a release. “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.”
One project will boost the the capacity of Dow’s propylene glycol (PG) plant in Map Ta Phut, Thailand from 80,000 tn/yr to 250,000 tn/yr. The additional capacity is slated 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, Dow Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure, in a statement.
Dow made a series of investments in its Consumer Solutions business, including 20 debottlenecking, efficiency improvement, and growth capital projects, during 2019 and 2020.