Dow Invest in Water

Sept. 15, 2006

The Dow Chemical Company has announced the formation of Dow Water Solutions, a market facing business unit designed to advance the science of desalination, water purification, contaminant removal and water recycling.

“This move underscores Dow's commitment to strengthen its Performance business portfolio by prioritizing marketing and application development activities that support high-value, end-use applications,” said Andrew Liveris, chairman and chief executive officer of The Dow Chemical Company. “Dow Water Solutions will provide a range of competitive water treatment products that allow our customers to stimulate and capture industry growth, while continuing to improve access to higher quality water supplies that are more affordable and sustainable for communities and industries worldwide.”

The new framework for Dow Water Solutions aims to solidify Dow’s commitment to provide pure water for both industrial and drinking water applications globally as part of the Company’s Sustainability Goals for 2015, announced in May 2006.

Dow recently expanded its portfolio with three new component technologies, namely Ultrafiltration (UF), Electrodeionization (EDI), and Membrane Bio-Reactors (MBR), through the acquisition of Zhejiang Omex Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd. in July 2006. These technologies will be included in the Dow Water Solutions portfolio, along with existing product offerings in reverse osmosis and ion exchange.

Both UF and MBR are critical to water re-use applications and UF enables the water treatment providers to meet more stringent water quality standards.

Through development and optimization of these technologies, Dow will offer solutions for specific water purification needs, including seawater desalination, water re-use and small community drinking water systems.

Dow Water Solutions also announced today the successful start-up of the expansion of the FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis membrane manufacturing facility at Edina, Minnesota. Dow also recently formed a partnership with Blue Planet Run Foundation to raise awareness and funds for water purification projects.

Source: DOW