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Dow produces hand sanitizer for donation in Germany

March 25/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dow Inc. has started producing hand sanitizer at its manufacturing site in Stade, Germany, for donation to pharmacies and hospitals in Germany, reported MORNINGSTAR.

The company is also repurposing an existing US facility to produce hand sanitizer.

Dow said it has committed USD3 million to coronavirus relief efforts, with USD2 million slated for immediate support that includes help for nonprofits and World Health Organization efforts, plus USD1 million "to build community resilience in the recovery phase."

As MRC informed previously, Dow Chemical began major maintenance on the LHC 1 cracker at Terneuzen, Netherlands from 9 September, 2019. LHC stands for Light Hydro Carbons, or hydrocarbons. The cracker splits naphtha - a derivative of crude oil - into hydrocarbons such as ethylene and propylene. These are the raw materials for the other Dow factories that make chemicals and plastics from them. Together with two other naphtha crackers, LHC 1 forms the heart of the Terneuzen Dow site.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 215,390 tonnes in the first month of 2020, up by 23% year on year. Shipments of all grades of high density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) increased due to higher capacity utilisation at ZapSibNeftekhim. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 127,240 tonnes in January 2020, up by 33% year on year. ZapSibNeftekhim's homopolymer PP accounted for the main increase in shipments.

The Dow Chemical Company is an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States. Dow is a large producer of plastics, including polystyrene (PS), polyurethane, polyethylene, polypropylene, and synthetic rubber.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Dow, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, USA.
Category:General News
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