Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) says a "technology breakthrough debottleneck project" will allow it to increase capacity for polyolefin elastomers at facilities in Texas and Spain, so that once its new specialty elastomers plant in Thailand comes online, it will have a total global capacity for the products of almost 2 billion lb. Sites in Freeport, TX and Tarragona, Spain, as well as its SCG-Dow Group JV plant in Thailand, which is under construction, will utilize the technology that will result in a net increase in production of 550 million lb by 2011.
Kelley S. Cone, who works in public affairs for Dow Elastomers and Plastics Additives, couldn't elaborate on the new technology, saying only that it is proprietary. She did say that the new Thailand facility is expected to begin manufacturing in the second quarter of next year and that the new technology can be rolled out quickly. "Given the rapid implementation capability of this technology, we will deploy on an as-needed basis."...