Dow Chemical has announced a series of investments in increased methylcellulose capacity to help construction dry mix customers secure a reliable supply of critical additives for this expanding segment. These capacity increases are part of a multi-phase investment program for construction chemicals.
Dow Chemical will increase methylcellulose production capacity at its manufacturing plants in Bomlitz and Bitterfeld, Germany, to meet customer demand for high-quality cellulose ether products. Altogether, these expansion projects represent an additional 19,000 tons of Dow's production capacity for WALOCEL and METHOCEL cellulose ethers, which are used in a variety of applications in tile adhesives, grouts, fillers, leveling agents and joint compounds; Reinforcing and bonding mortars for exterior thermal insulation composite systems; gypsum plasters; and cement-based plasters.
New features are expected to go live in 2019 and 2020.
"We believe the industry will welcome these capacity announcements as further evidence of our continued growth strategy and commitment to delivering high-quality, innovative raw materials that meet The needs of today's and tomorrow's dynamic construction industry." Polyurethanes, chlor-alkali and vinyl and construction chemicals. "Our customers not only need to meet current demand for such products, but also need to continuously improve performance in a highly competitive market."
The business offers a wealth of solutions based on four key technology platforms: cellulose ethers, redispersible polymer powders, acrylic emulsions and silicones. Recent examples include WALOCEL Xtra cellulose ether developed to enhance the performance of gypsum-based products; pRIMAL EC-5210 pU acrylic polyurethane emulsion for liquid-applied membranes with water-repellent properties; and ECOGROUND, a water-based acrylic adhesive for sports fields solution, which was recognized by R&D 100.