Dow Chemical

    Dow Chemical Co. profile and corporate video

     The Dow Chemical Co. manufactures and supplies products used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services. The company serves the industries, including appliance; automotive; agricultural; building and construction; chemical processing; electronics; furniture; housewares; oil and gas; packaging; paints, coatings and adhesives; personal care; pharmaceutical; processed foods; pulp and paper; textile and carpet; utilities; and water treatment. It operates through six segments: Electronic and Functional Materials, Coatings and Infrastructure Solutions, Agricultural Sciences, Performance Materials, Performance Plastics and Feedstocks and Energy. The Electronic and Functional Materials segment consists of two businesses: Dow Electronic Materials and Functional Materials. Dow Electronic Materials supplies materials for chemical mechanical planarization; materials used in the production of electronic displays, including brightness films, diffusers, metalorganic light-emitting diode precursors and organic light-emitting diode materials; products and technologies that drive leading-edge semiconductor design; materials used in the fabrication of printed circuit boards; and integrated metallization processes critical for interconnection, corrosion resistance, metal finishing and decorative applications. Dow Functional Materials is a portfolio of businesses characterized by a vast global footprint, a broad array of unique chemistries, multi-functional ingredients and technology capabilities, combined with key positions in pharmaceuticals; food, home and personal care; and industrial specialties. The Coatings and Infrastructure Solutions segment consists of Dow Building and Construction, Dow Coating Materials, Dow Water and Process Solutions, and Performance Monomers which produce a wide variety of products with a broad range of applications, including adhesives and sealants, construction materials, cellulosic-based construction additives, raw materials for architectural paints and industrial coatings, and technologies used for water purification. The Agricultural Sciences segment provides crop protection and plant biotechnology products, urban pest management solutions and healthy oils; and it also invents, develops, manufactures and markets products for use in agriculture, industrial and commercial pest management, and food service Performance Materials segment consists of Amines; Chlorinated Organics; Dow Automotive Systems; Dow Formulated Systems; Dow Oil and Gas; Dow Plastic Additives; Epoxy; Oxygenated Solvents; Polyglycols, Surfactants and Fluids; Polyurethanes; and Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycol which produce a wide variety of products with a broad range of applications, including adhesives, aircraft and runway deicing fluids, automotive interiors and exteriors, carpeting, footwear, home furnishings, mattresses, personal care products, transportation, waterproofing membranes and wind turbines. The Performance Plastics segment is a solutions-oriented portfolio comprised of Dow Elastomers; Dow Electrical and Telecommunications; Dow Hygiene and Medical; and Dow Performance Packaging. The Feedstocks and Energy segment consists the businesses, including Chlor-Alkali/Chlor-Vinyl; Energy; Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol; and Hydrocarbons. The Chlor-Alkali/Chlor-Vinyl business focuses on the production of chlorine for consumption by downstream Dow derivatives, as well as production, marketing and supply of ethylene dichloride, vinyl chloride monomer and caustic soda. The Energy business supplies power, steam and other utilities, principally for use in Dow’s global operations. The Ethylene Oxide/Ethylene Glycol business produces purified ethylene oxide, principally used in Dow’s downstream performance derivatives. The Hydrocarbons business encompasses the procurement of natural gas liquids and crude oil-based raw materials, as well as the supply of monomers, principally for use in Dow’s global operations. The company was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Midland, MI.

    “Dow Chemical History

    Our founder, Herbert H. Dow, once said, “If you can’t do it better, why do it?” This is the attitude that has driven Dow people throughout our more than 100-year history. It’s all about pushing the boundaries of what the world thinks is possible to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. Over the years, our innovative solutions have served customers across the globe and helped address many of the world’s most challenging problems. Check out some highlights from our Company’s bold history.”

    “Dow Chemical Timeline

    1897 – Electrochemical pioneer H.H. Dow founds Dow Chemical Company, a one-product start-up that would rewrite history.

    1898- Dow’s first commercial-scale production of bleach begins.

    1900 – Midland Chemical Company merges into Dow.

    1906 – Dow produces its first agriculture product.

    1908 – The agricultural chemicals division is established based on a spray for fruit trees.

    1913 – H.H. Dow announces the company will exit the bleach business. The focus shifts to the value of chlorine as a raw material.

    1916 – Dow first markets calcium chloride, magnesium metal, and acetylsalicylic acid.

    1918 – The company adopts its diamond trademark.

    1921 – Pistons made with Dowmetal magnesium are used in the winning Indianapolis 500 car.

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    1928 – Styrene and Saran are developed.

    1929 – Dow hires its first woman researcher, Sylvia Stoesser. Five of her patents helped unlock the secrets to treating oil wells.

    1930 – Dow founder H.H. Dow dies, and Willard H. Dow succeeds his father as president of Dow.

    1934 – The Ethyl-Dow plant begins the first commercial extraction of bromine from seawater.

    1935 – Dow enters the plastics business with the introduction of ETHOCEL™ ethylcellulose resins.

    1937 – Dow stock is listed for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange.

    STYRON™ polystyrene resin is introduced.

    1940 – Dow purchases land near Freeport, Texas, and begins to construct a plant. Today the Freeport site is the largest integrated chemical manufacturing complex in the Western Hemisphere.

    1942 – Dow’s first international expansion begins with Dow Chemical Canada, Ltd.

    1943 – Dow and Corning Glass form Dow Corning, a joint venture to create silicone products.

    1947 – Dow establishes Brazos Oil & Gas Co., a subsidiary that produces oil and gas for Dow’s needs and constructs pipelines to carry fuel and feedstock to plants.

    1948 – Plastics reach 20 percent of Dow’s total sales.

    1952 – Dow establishes Asahi-Dow, Ltd. in Japan, its first subsidiary outside North America.

    1953 – Dow introduces Saran Wrap® for household use.

    1959 – Dow Corning Corporation implements technology to manufacture hyperpure polycrystalline silicon to produce materials for computer chips, and the first fully integrated polycrystalline silicon plant is established in Hemlock, Michigan.

    1961 – Dow purchases a manufacturing site in Terneuzen, The Netherlands.

    1964 – Handi-Wrap® plastic film wrap is introduced.

    Dow’s annual sales exceed $1 billion.

    Dow reorganizes and sets up three international headquarters outside of Midland – Dow Europe, Dow Latin America, and Dow Pacific.

    1965 – Dow’s one-shot measles vaccine is introduced.

    1966 – Dow adds epoxy resins to its product mix.

    1968 – Ziploc® bags are test-marketed.

    1970 – Dow introduces an automotive product line.

    1972 – Dow launches Lorsban® insecticide.

    1973 – Dow becomes the first foreign industrial company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    1975 – Dow supplies STYROFOAM™ brand insulation for the Alaskan Pipeline.

    1985 – The Dow household product line doubles in size.

    1986 – Dow ranks as the world’s largest producer of thermoplastics.

    1989 – Dow and Eli Lilly form DowElanco, a joint venture to produce agricultural products.

    Dow acquires pharmaceutical maker Marion Laboratories and creates a new publicly traded company, Marion Merrell Dow Inc.

    1992 – Dow’s INSITE™ constrained geometry catalyst technology is introduced.

    1996 – DuPont Dow Elastomers begins operations.

    1997 – Dow acquires 100 percent ownership of DowElanco and renames it Dow AgroSciences.

    Dow agrees to sell its Dow Brand unit to S.C. Johnson & Son.

    1999 – Dow announces plans to acquire Union Carbide.

    2001 – Dow-Union Carbide transaction is finalized.

    2004 1 Andrew Liveris begins his 14-year tenure as Chairman and CEO, transforming Dow from a commodity chemicals manufacturer into one powered by science, driven by innovation, and delivering solutions to the world.

    2006 – Dow announces its 2015 Sustainability Goals.

    2008 – Kuwait cancels its $17 billion deal for joint venture K-Dow Petrochemicals.

    2009 – Dow acquires Rohm and Haas, a key element in Dow’s new Advanced Materials division.

    2010 – Dow becomes a Worldwide Olympic Partner and the Official Chemistry Company for the Olympic Movement through 2020.

    Dow completes divestiture of its Polycarbonate, Latex, Rubber, and Styrenics businesses into an independent company named Trinseo (formerly Styron).

    2011 – Dow unveils comprehensive plans to increase its ethylene and propylene production and connect its U.S. Gulf Coast operations to shale gas liquids.

    Dow and Saudi Aramco announce a joint venture to create Sadara Chemical Co.

    2013 – Dow announces plans to exit a significant portion of its chlorine chain businesses, setting the stage for a successful merger with Olin in 2015.

    2015 – Dow and Corning announce a definitive agreement to restructure ownership of Dow Corning in which Dow will become the full owner of the 50:50 joint venture.

    Dow and DuPont announce that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge, then subsequently spin off into three independent companies.

    2016 – Dow completes a strategic ownership restructure of Dow Corning and becomes 100% owner of Dow Corning’s silicones business.

    2017 – DowDuPont merger successfully completed. The company moves forward toward intended separation into industry-leading, publicly traded companies in Agriculture (Corteva Agriscience), Materials Science (Dow, Inc.) and Specialty Products (DuPont de Nemours, Inc.); separations expected to occur within 18 months.

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