MIDLAND, MICH. (Aug. 9, 12:15 p.m. ET) — Dow Plastics Additives, a business unit of Dow Chemical Co., is constructing additional plant to expand its capacity to manufacture methyl-methacrylate butadiene styrene (MBS)-based additives at its Grangemouth, Scotland, facility.
The additives in question are Paraloid BTA impact modifiers for PVC used in rigid packaging applications, and Paraloid EXL additives for engineering resins used in consumer durables and transport applications.
The expansion, which will increase Dow's capacity for MBS-based additives by 10,000 metric tons per year and serve customers globally, is expected to become fully operational during the fourth quarter of 2011.
Ruby Chandy, managing director of Dow Plastics Additives, said: “With this expansion, Dow is increasing not only the total capacity, but also the technical capabilities of the plant to produce the most sophisticated MBS products in the world for our customers.
“The timing of this capacity increase will help us keep pace with increasing global demand for quality MBS additives.”