Aiming to boost its downstream and upstream silicones capabilities in response to growing demand, The Dow Chemical Company announced plans Wednesday to invest in a series of debottlenecking and expansion projects across its global footprint.
The Midland, MI-based firm said it will carry out debottlenecking and efficiency projects at its siloxane plants globally during the next three years and build a new siloxane polymer plant in Carrollton, KY that will lift its capacity for polymers in the Americas by 65%. Dow also intends to build a new specialty resin plant in China that will produce resin intermediates for use in silicone products like pressure sensitive adhesives and personal care goods.
“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,” Jim Fitterling, the firm’s chief executive officer, said in a press release announcing the investment. “Further, these targeted investments expected to deliver fast paybacks and higher return on invested capital for Dow, contributing to greater earnings and cash generation.”
The company also revealed that it has started a feasibility study for the building of a new siloxane plant. When Dow’s study reaches completion, the company said it will consider a potential site for the facility.
“Dow is committed to our ongoing investment in both upstream and downstream assets to bring a reliable supply to our customers,” Mauro Gregorio, business president at Dow Consumer Solutions, said in a statement. “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.”