ERJ staff report (DS)
New York The Dow Chemical Company (â€œDowâ€) said its new
polyolefin elastomers plant in Rayong Province, Thailand began commercial operation June 1, 2011 and is now operating
at its stated capacity. The company did not say what the capacity is. Dow marked this milestone with a grand opening event at the facility
on September 20, 2011.
Dow said when the facility opened that it would bring Dow's global capacity for polyolefin elastomers to over 800 kilotonnes, or nearly 2 billion pounds.
When announced in 2009, Dow said the plan would be its based on metallocene technology and would (at 2009 rankings) be the biggest plant to serve the Asian regions. The facility was planned to make Dow's products including Affinity polyolefin plastomers and Engage polyolefin elastomers. â€œOnce completed, the plant can supply products to the global market and may possibly provide products only to the Asian market in the future when Asia Pacific demand is fully developedâ€, added Haller.
SCG-Dow Group is a joint venture formed in 1987 by The Dow Chemical Company and The Siam Cement Group. The Group is comprised of four joint venture companies that manufacture and supply markets across Asia Pacific with a portfolio of products, including ethyl-benzene and styrene monomer; styrene-butadiene and acrylic latex; polyethylene; polystyrene and compounding products.
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Press release from SCG-Dow