02 March 2010 22:00 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical will remain a key global toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and polyurethanes products supplier even after the company permanently shuts its Freeport TDI unit in Texas in the second quarter, a Dow manager said on Tuesday.
To do that, Dow has entered into a long-term supply agreement with another major producer to cover customers’ TDI requirements, said Tom Feige, North American product manager for Dow’s polyurethanes business.
"The co-production agreement is not a joint venture, and will permit Dow to maintain pricing, quality and logistics independence," Feige said. "Co-production will allow Dow to maintain a competitive edge."
Dow did not disclose the identity of its co-producer, and it also did not discuss financial terms of the agreement.
Meanwhile, Dow also said it is assessing options for building new TDI capacity, and will initiate feasibility studies in the near future. The company will study alternatives that would allow it to become more competitive while protecting stockholders’ interests, Feige said.
Dow views itself as fully committed to the urethanes business in the long-term, and intends to remain a very active leader and participant in the capital-intensive industry, Feige added.
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At the time, Dow said it would honour its contractual customer commitments for TDI. The company said it had secured an alternative supply source, and would continue to provide consistency, quality, and supply reliability.
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