In the aftermath of the terrible earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan last week, global plastics companies are starting to join the relief effort. Today we received word that Barcelona, Spain-based TPU supplier Merquinsa and Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. have made donations. Merquinsa made its donation to the Red Cross, to assist in emergency relief and rescue operations. "We are shocked and saddened with what happened. Our thoughts are with all the people of Japan going through this very difficult time", said Jose Luis Ayuso, Merquinsa's president and executive chairman, "People of Japan are giving us a lesson of courage and responsibility." Dow Chemical will make a donation of up to $6 million in humanitarian aid, including $2 million to the City of Soma Community Rescue Fund; up to $3 million to the Soma region in Dow product, technology and financial resources for long-term rebuilding; plus the company has a plan under development to offer employees a matching grant opportunity of up to $1 million. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, including our Dow family, communities and partners, who are coping with the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami," said Andrew Liveris, Dow chairman and CEO. "It's clear that the need for assistance is paramount in Japan, so we hope our contributions can help expedite emergency response and the country's efforts to rebuild."
Plastics firms donate to earthquake relief
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