MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dow has announced plans to build an integrated MDI distillation and prepolymers facility at its world-scale manufacturing site in Freeport, Texas, according to MarketScreener.
This investment supports increasing demand for downstream polyurethane systems products and advances Dow's leading positions in attractive applications in construction, consumer, and industrial markets that are growing above GDP.
The new Freeport MDI facility will replace Dow's current North America capacity in La Porte, Texas, and will also be capable of supplying an additional 30% of product to Dow's customers. In coordination with the start-up of the new MDI facility, expected in 2023, Dow will shut down its polyurethane assets at the La Porte site.
The new facility in Freeport will reduce Dow's carbon footprint and water usage.
Dow's extensive Polyurethane Systems franchise upgrades key polyurethane components in order to produce rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and composites for applications that range from industrial and infrastructure solutions, to consumer comfort solutions in flooring, furniture, bedding and footwear, to automotive solutions for vehicle interior, and energy-efficient insulation materials.
As MRC reported earlier, in May 2021, Dow, a global leader in materials science, joined CDP Supply Chain Program (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, an international non-profit specialized in environmental reporting) to track climate impacts in the supply chain and identify collaborative decarbonization opportunities with suppliers. This is part of Dow’s expanded Sustainable Procurement multigenerational plan. The CDP program supports Dow’s “protect the climate” targets, announced in 2020, and its commitment to accelerate its work with its suppliers, customers and value chain partners to ensure Dow’s ecosystem is carbon neutral by 2050.
We remind that in April, 2021, Dow and Mura Technology partnered to help keep plastic waste out of the environment. The collaboration will support the rapid scaling of Mura’s new HydroPRS (Hydrothermal Plastic Recycling Solution) advanced recycling process aimed at preventing plastic and carbon from entering the natural environment while creating the feedstocks for a sustainable, circular plastics economy.
The Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States. Dow is a large producer of plastics, including polystyrene (PS), polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, and synthetic rubber.