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Business News – June 2017

By Mary Page Bailey |

Plant Watch Dow plans for significant U.S. growth with five-year investment strategy May 11, 2017 — The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) announced a five-year investment plan that includes expansion of Dow’s new TX-9 ethylene cracker through the addition of two furnaces, bringing the facility’s total ethylene capacity to 2 million metric tons per year (m.t./yr). Dow also plans to construct a 600,000-m.t./yr polyethylene unit on the U.S. Gulf Coast and conduct global debottleneck projects to deliver 350,000 m.t. of additional polyethylene. Kraton opens new HSBC plant in Taiwan May 10, 2017 — Kraton Corp. (Houston; www.kraton.com) announced the opening of its new hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) plant in Mailiao, Taiwan. The plant has capacity to produce 30,000 m.t./yr of HSBC. The new plant is owned and operated by Kraton Formosa Polymers Co., a joint venture (JV) between Kraton and Formosa Petrochemical Corp. (Mailiao; www.fpcc.com.tw/en/)   Showa Denko to increase production of high-purity aluminum May 10, 2017 — Showa Denko K.K. (SDK; Tokyo, Japan; www.sdk.co.jp) will increase its capacity in China to produce high-purity aluminum foil, which is a major material for aluminum electrolytic…
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