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The Dow Chemical Company announced on January 29 that it will break ground this year on a state-of- the-art membrane chlor-alkali production facility in
"Chlorine is a critical feedstock for our performance businesses – enabling future growth in polyurethanes, epoxies, specialty chemicals, specialty plastics, and our agricultural chemicals businesses to name a few," said Andrew N. Liveris, chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company.
Several of Dow's existing chlor-alkali assets in
Dow is also announcing today the renewal of an important long-term commercial arrangement to supply vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) to Shintech, a Dow customer for more than 30 years, in
"In addition, Dow is pursuing competitive energy alternatives to oil and gas that would further
In 2007, Dow announced plans for future chlor-alkali investments in the
Chlorine is a major building block that is essential to society and the world economy. More than 50 percent of commercial chemistry uses chlorine in the process, but it may be absent in the final product. More than 60 percent of the chlorine produced at the
About Dow's Chlor-Alkali Business
Dow is the world's largest producer of both chlorine and caustic soda (collectively referred to as chlor-alkali). Chlor-alkali production is a foundation for several of Dow's global businesses. More than one quarter of Dow's products are created with chlorine chemistry.
With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at http://www.dow.com/