MIDLAND, MICH. — Dow Chemical Co. has started its second polycarbonate production line in Stade, Germany.
Dow plans to add optical media grades of PC, used in compact discs and digital video discs, at the site later this year.
Midland-based Dow now has capacity to produce more than 230 million pounds of PC in Stade and almost 500 million pounds worldwide.
The global PC market is expected to grow 7-10 percent annually during the next several years, said Dow global PC business director Davida Johnson.
Dow ranks third in global PC production.