The Dow Chemical Company recently launched a new business and innovation hub in the Asia Pacific region, the Shanghai Dow Center in its third largest market, China. Occupying more than 100,000 square meters, the Center is comprised of a state-of-the-art research and development facility and Dow's regional headquarters for its businesses and functions. Other recent key business actions include a feasibility study with Shenhua Group for a coal-to-chemical project; a new propylene oxide-based glycol ethers facility in Zhangjiagang; Dow Epoxy Systems' first manufacturing asset in Wuhan to support the growing demand in market segments including composites, wind and infrastructure; and plans to establish both a world-class liquid epoxy resin plant and a glycerine-to-epichlorohydrin (GTE) plant in Shanghai.
The R&D facility at the Shanghai Dow Center will include over 500 engineers and scientists working in more than 80 labs for developing innovative solutions for the construction, transportation, energy, water, electronics, and personal care industries. Further, the facility will also feature a Customer Innovation Center to connect Dow's broad R&D and business expertise with customers' needs and requirements. The new R&D Center will focus on innovations that lead to more energy efficient buildings, improved safety and fuel consumption in automobiles, broader access to clean water, and the newest breakthroughs in electronics and appliances, delivering solutions to world challenges.