Profile: Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N)
7 Dec 2016
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), incorporated June 11, 1947, is a manufacturer and supplier of products used primarily as raw materials in the manufacture of customer products and services across the world. The Company operates in five segments: Agricultural Sciences, Consumer Solutions, Infrastructure Solutions, Performance Materials & Chemicals, and Performance Plastics. The Company serves various industries, such as 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.
The Agricultural Sciences segment is engaged in providing crop protection and seed/plant biotechnology products and technologies, urban pest management solutions and healthy oils. The business invents, develops, manufactures and markets products for use in agricultural, industrial and commercial pest management, and food service. The segment has global reach with sales in approximately 130 countries, and research and development (R&D) and manufacturing facilities located in all geographic areas. Agricultural Sciences consists of two businesses: Crop Protection and Seeds. The Agricultural Sciences segment's products include insecticides, which include brands, such as ISOCLAST, LORSBAN, RADIANT, SENTRICON and TRACER; fungicides, which include DITHANE and INATREQ brands; herbicides, which include brands, such as ARYLEX, BROADWAY, CLINCHER, DURANGO, FENCER, GARLON, LONTREL, MILESTONE, PANZER, PRIMUS, SPIDER, STARANE, SURESTART and TORDON; seeds, which include brands, such as AGROMEN, BRODBECK, DAIRYLAND SEED, DOW, MYCOGEN, NEXERA, Omega-9 Healthier Oils, PFISTER, PHYTOGEN, POWERCORE Insect Trait Technology, PRAIRIE BRAND, and REFUGE ADVANCED powered by SmartStax and SmartStax Insect Trait Technology, and others, which include brands, such as N-SERVE Nitrogen Stabilizer and TELONE.
The Company competes with BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta.
The Company's Consumer Solutions segment consists of global businesses, such as Consumer Care, Dow Automotive Systems and Dow Electronic Materials. Its global businesses develop and market materials using technology and chemistries for specialty applications, including semiconductors and organic light-emitting diodes, adhesives and foams used by the transportation industry, and cellulosics for pharmaceutical formulations and food solutions. The Company's businesses serve the needs of a diverse market, such as automotive; electronics and entertainment; healthcare and medical, and personal and home care goods. Consumer Care's principal businesses include Dow Home, Institutional & Personal Care Solutions, which offers personal care, home care and specialty applications with focus on hair care, skin care, sun care, cleansing, as well as, fabric, dish, floor, hard surface and air care applications; Dow Pharma and Food Solutions, which serves on pharmaceutical, food and nutrition, and SAFECHEM, which offers cleaning solutions, equipment and services for metal and dry cleaning applications.
Dow Automotive Systems is a provider of collaborative solutions and materials for original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers and commercial transportation manufacturers. Dow Automotive Systems' technologies, materials engineering, testing and service support are complemented by a line of structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesives; composite materials technologies; polyurethane foams and acoustical management systems, and films and fluids. Its businesses include Adhesives, which provides elastic, structural and specialty adhesives, and performance Solutions, which provides performance plastics, fluids and polyurethane foam solutions.
Dow Electronic Materials is a supplier of enabling materials for a range of consumer electronics, including smartphones, tablets, television monitors and personal computers, as well as electronic devices and systems used in a range of industries. The business produces materials for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP); materials used in the production of electronic displays, including films, filters and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs); metalorganic precursors for light-emitting diodes (LEDs); products and technologies that provide semiconductor design; materials used in the fabrication of printed circuit boards, and integrated metallization processes for metal finishing and decorative applications. Its businesses include Semiconductor Technologies, which provides integrated circuit fabrication for memory and logic; Interconnect Technologies, which provides printed circuit board, electronic and industrial finishing; Display Technologies, which provides display materials, and Growth Technologies, which serves new technologies.
The Company competes with Ashland, BASF, Bayer, JSR Micro and Shin-Etsu Chemical.
The Infrastructure Solutions segment consists of a portfolio of businesses utilizing technology to deliver products, such as architectural and industrial coating applications, construction material ingredients, building insulation, adhesives, microbial protection for the oil and gas industry, and water technologies. The Company's Dow Building and Construction consists of businesses, including Dow Building Solutions and Dow Construction Chemicals. Dow Building and Construction provides rigid and spray foam insulation, weatherization and air sealing, caulks and sealants, elastomeric roof coatings, exterior insulation finishing systems, roof tiles and siding, industrial non-wovens, cement-based tile adhesives, plasters and renders, tape joint compounds and concrete additives. The Dow Coating Materials business manufactures and delivers solutions that leverage product offerings for architectural paint and coatings, as well as industrial coatings applications, including paper, leather, concrete, wood, automotive, maintenance and protective industries. It provides acrylic binders, dispersants, rheology modifiers and surfactants for both architectural and industrial applications. Energy and Water Solutions consists of businesses, such as Dow Microbial Control, Dow Oil, Gas & Mining, Dow Solar, and Dow Water and Process Solutions. It provides solutions for microbial control for well souring, industrial cooling water, fabric odor elimination, in-can preservation and dry film protection. It also offers separation and purification technology for water treatment and filtration, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and chemical processing.
The Performance Monomers business produces specialty monomer products that are sold externally, as well as consumed internally as building blocks used in downstream polymer businesses. The business' products are used in various applications, including dispersions and emulsions for adhesives, coatings, inks, woven and non-woven textiles, plastics and polymers and superabsorbent products. It offers water treatment, flocculants and detergents, acrylic sheets, coatings, inks and paints, molding compounds, impact modifiers, processing aids, electronic displays, adhesives, textiles, automotive and architectural safety glass.
The Company competes with Arkema, Ashland, BASF, Elementis, Hydranautics, Lanxess, Lonza, Owens-Corning and Shin-Etsu Chemical.
Performance Materials & Chemicals
The Performance Materials & Chemicals segment consists of businesses, including Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl, Industrial Solutions and Polyurethanes. Products produced by this segment are back-integrated into feedstocks. Performance Materials & Chemicals has a product line that serves customers in various industries, including appliance, construction and industrial. The Chlor-Alkali and Vinyl business provides chlorine and caustic soda supply and integration for the Polyurethanes business.
The Industrial Solutions business enables manufacturing of the world's goods and services with additive solutions that minimize friction and heat in mechanical processes, manage the oil and water interface, deliver active ingredients, facilitate dissolvability and provide the foundational building blocks for the development of chemical technologies. The business supports industrial manufacturers associated with all end-markets, notably electronics, agricultural chemicals, engine/heavy equipment, coatings, adhesives and inks, and detergents and cleaners. Industrial Solutions is also the producer of purified ethylene oxide. Polyurethanes consists of businesses, such as Isocyanates, Polyols, Polyurethane Systems and Propylene Oxide/Propylene Glycol (PO/PG). The Polyurethanes business produces propylene oxide, propylene glycol, polyether polyols and aromatic isocyanates.
The Company competes with BASF, Bayer, Hexion and Huntsman.
The Company's Performance Plastics segment consists of businesses, including Dow Elastomers, Dow Electrical and Telecommunications, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Energy and Hydrocarbons. The Dow Elastomers is engaged in the adhesives, footwear, housewares, infrastructure, sports recreation, toys and infant products and transportation market segments. Its Dow Electrical and Telecommunications is engaged in the building and construction, electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure, and telecommunications infrastructure market segments. Its Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics is engaged in the adhesives, food and specialty packaging, hygiene and medical, industrial and consumer packaging, and photovoltaic market segments. The Energy business produces the energy used by Dow and sells energy to customers located on Dow manufacturing sites. The Hydrocarbons business is the producer of ethylene, an internal feedstock that is consumed primarily within Performance Plastics.
The Company competes with Borealis, ExxonMobil, INEOS, LyondellBasell, Mitsui and SABIC.
Dow Chemical Co
2030 Dow Ctr
MIDLAND MI 48674-2030