The Dow Chemical Company announced a series of phased, incremental investments to expand its global glycol ethers capacity to meet increasing demand in key end-markets and applications. Once complete, Dow Chemical will have nearly doubled its current capacity of these product lines.
Dow Chemical plans to increase its production capacity of select p-series and performance glycol ethers product lines, including DOWANOL™ Glycol Ethers, through a series of seven debottlenecking and incremental expansion projects. These phased investments will begin in 2018 and are expected to continue over the next several years. The first increments of the new capacity will become available by the end of 2019.
Demand for glycol ethers continues to rise as a result of urbanization, a growing middle class, evolving and stricter regulations and increasing sustainability challenges. Glycol ethers are used in a variety of applications to help deliver improved performance and reduced health and environmental impacts of the end products.
“Our announcement to increase glycol ethers capacity reflects our long-term commitment to these product lines and the industries that utilize them,” said Ester Baiget, Business President for Dow Industrial Solutions. “These developments will continue to position Dow as the most reliable and customer-centric of all global suppliers.”
Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors.