PHILADELPHIA – The Dow Chemical Co. plans to complete a debottlenecking project at its Freeport, TX, facility to increase capacity for glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in the second quarter of 2016.

The wide use of GMA, a versatile monomer for specialty coatings and resins, has placed increased demand on the product, tightening the market.

“GMA demand continues to grow, and debottlenecking will provide much needed capacity to help us meet and exceed our customer needs,” said Kate Glasser, Dow Global Business Director for Monomers. “The extra capacity will expand our capability to help our customers develop high-performance coatings that benefit from GMA’s dual acrylic and epoxy functionality.”