Dow Evaluates Growth Opportunities for Polyurethanes in Latin America

Conducts feasibility study to expand TDI capacity in Camaçari, Brazil -


Dow polyurethanes, a business group of The Dow Chemical Company and its subsidiaries, announced it is conducting a feasibility study to expand Toluene Diisocyanate (TDI) production at its manufacturing facility in Camaçari, Brazil. The proposed expansion, which involves a new process technology designed to turn Camaçari into a leading world-class production facility, would help support growing demand for end-use polyurethanes products in Latin America. Key decisions on the project are expected by the fourth quarter of 2008, and if approved, the new TDI capacity would come online in 2011.

"With its sustained overall economic growth and robust chemical sector, Latin America is an important region for Dow. The proposed TDI expansion would continue to fuel the growth of Performance businesses like Dow Polyurethanes by enabling us to better meet the growing needs of our customers with a long-term, low-cost supply," said Pat Dawson, business president, Dow Polyurethanes. "The TDI capacity expansion would enable us to support the growing manufacturing capabilities of our Latin American customers who need a reliable supply of this raw material to serve their local markets."

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