Dow Electronic Materials to Construct New Manufacturing Site in Eastern China

Additional Capacity Serves PCB, Electronic and Industrial Finishing, and Photovoltaic Markets

MIDLAND, Mich.--()--Dow Electronic Materials, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) will construct a new manufacturing facility in Eastern China to meet the growing material demand to serve printed circuit board (PCB), electronic and industrial finishing, and photovoltaic (PV) markets in Asia.

The new manufacturing facility will be located at the company’s Zhangjiagang site in the province of Jiangsu, approximately 98 kilometers from Shanghai. Construction is expected to begin in late 2010, with production anticipated to beginning in late 2011.

“The expanding demand for computer, communications and consumer electronic products and the focus on renewable energy has resulted in growth in PCB, electronic and industrial finishing, and PV materials markets, especially in Asia,” said Helen Zhang, global general manager, Interconnect Technologies for Dow Electronic Materials. “As a market leader, Dow Electronics Materials is devoted to collaborating with customers to deliver innovative solutions. The new manufacturing facility will enhance our service and technical expertise for customers, as well as our ability to continue to augment our portfolio with high performance products that meet future needs for both electronic and solar cell markets.”

“The PCB, electronic and industrial finishing, and PV markets continue to expand in many parts of Asia, with especially strong growth in China,” said JR Chen, Asia General Manager, Interconnect Technologies for Dow Electronic Materials. “We are committed to supporting local customers efficiently and quickly in product production, delivery, and technical service. Our existing plant in Dongguan in Guangdong province is well-positioned to serve our customers in Southern and Western China, and this new Zhangjiagang manufacturing facility will enhance our supply chain to serve our customers in Eastern and Northern China.“

Dow Electronic Materials is the leading supplier of metallization technologies to the PCB, electronic and industrial finishing, and solar cell markets.

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

About Dow Electronic Materials

Dow Electronic Materials, a global supplier of materials and technologies to the electronics industry, brings innovative leadership to the semiconductor, interconnect, finishing, photovoltaic, display, LED and optics markets. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented Dow research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service necessary for next-generation electronics. These partnerships energize Dow’s power to invent. Its key end-use applications include a broad range of consumer electronics from personal computers, to television monitors, cellular phones, global positioning systems, automobile safety systems, and avionics.

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The Dow Chemical Company
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For editorial information:
Shari Samuels
The Dow Chemical Company
+1 215 592 6877
ssamuels@dow.com