Dow: Capacity expansions for silicones
Dow has announced a series of incremental, high-return capacity expansions to support growing demand across key end-markets on 1 July 2021. In Dow’s Consumer Solutions business, several key growth projects are planned to come online globally throughout 2021 and will increase capacity of silicones as well as cationic hydroxyethylcellulose polymers and polyethylene glycols.
Among them are silicone elastomers and thermally conductive materials meeting the 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 and silicone engineered materials and pressure sensitive adhesives improving reliability and efficiency in consumer & electronics markets. These expansions build on Dow’s previous investments in its Consumer Solutions business, including more than 20 key debottleneck, efficiency improvement and growth capital projects throughout 2019 and 2020. Further capacity increases are planned in Dow’s Polyurethanes & Construction Chemicals business.
“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, 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.”