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Dow Opens Polyol Plant in Thailand

Dow opens polyol plant in Thailand

Dow Chemical announced the opening of a new polyol plant for rigid polyurethane foam in Rayong, Thailand. According to the company, the facility increases its capacity to offer insulation materials and solutions with reliable, energy-efficient performance.

The polyol plant has a designed annual capacity of 79,000 t and is located at the Asia Industrial Estate (AIE) site in Rayong province. The AIE site covers 515 hectares and is home to six Dow manufacturing plants.

Approximately 150 guests from customers and partners joined Dow leaders to attend a dedication ceremony on 8 November 2018. The polyol plant strengthens Dow’s upstream plant integration in Thailand and further expands the company’s presence in Asia Pacific, following the recent opening of new polyurethane systems houses in Lote Parshuram, India and Zhangjiagang, China.

“This announcement demonstrates Dow’s commitment to our ongoing investment in Polyurethanes in order to bring to our customers a reliable supply of innovative solutions aligned to global trends such as population growth and energy efficiency,” said Jane Palmieri, business president, Dow Polyurethanes. “The Rayong facility is an important addition to Dow’s global polyurethanes manufacturing network, further enabling us to deliver industry-leading products that help customers minimise their environmental footprint, while creating lasting social, environmental and economic benefits throughout the entire product life cycle.”

“We are living in an era when innovative and effective solutions are needed to address imperative sustainability challenges, including energy consumption and climate change,” said Christina Yu, commercial director Asia Pacific, Dow Polyurethanes. “This is particularly important in Asia Pacific where significant population growth and increasing energy consumption is translating to higher demand for energy efficiency solutions, which Dow is best positioned to deliver as the world’s leading material science company.”

“This new plant further solidifies Dow’s key manufacturing base in Thailand and is an important milestone in our expansion in Asia Pacific, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the country and the region,” said Chatchai Luanpolcharoenchai, president of Dow Thailand. “With this boost in capacity and our advanced technologies, we are better positioned to meet increasingly sophisticated customer demands.”