Dow Starts Operations at New Freeport MDI Plant

20.09.2023 - Dow has started operations of its new MDI distillation and prepolymers facility at its US manufacturing site in Freeport, Texas.

The new facility, which replaces Dow’s North America capacity in La Porte, Texas, will enable the company to supply an additional 30% of product to customers. In coordination with the start-up of the new facility, Dow shut down its polyurethane assets at La Porte.

Dow’s polyurethane business upgrades key polyurethane components and systems to produce rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and composites. These products are used in various applications ranging from industrial and infrastructure solutions to consumer comfort solutions such as flooring, furniture, bedding and footwear, to automotive solutions for vehicle interior, and energy-efficient insulation materials.

“Our customers are looking for a cost competitive and reliable supply of key upstream polyurethane raw materials to support their growth,” said Jane Palmieri, president of Dow’s Industrial Intermediates & Infrastructure operating segment. “The back integration at the Freeport site enhances operational flexibility and reliability and delivers a more sustainable production process ensuring that we are best positioned to support our customer needs and downstream growth,” Palmieri added.

The new facility in Freeport, Dow said, delivers a more sustainable production process as it lowers the company’s annual greenhouse gas emissions from operations; decreases the amount of freshwater intake; and reduces the percentage of wastewater discharged annually.