MIDLAND, MI - Dow Polyurethanes, a business group of The Dow Chemical Co. (Dow) and its subsidiaries, 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 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; if approved, the new TDI capacity would come online in 2011.
In other news, Dow Polyurethanes has broken ground on a major capacity expansion at its polyols plant in Terneuzen, the Netherlands. Dow’s investment in the Terneuzen facility will expand polyol production capacity by 180 kilotons per annum. The expansion is on track to be completed by mid-2009.