Dow increases prices for biocides

Ten percent rate hike, effective April 1 or as contracts allow, applies for Dowicide branded products in the U.S. and Canada...

BUFFALO GROVE, IL, March 22, 2005 -- Early this month, The Dow Chemical Company announced a price increase for the following branded biocide products in the U.S. and Canada.

Effective April 1, it will increase the list and off-list prices on the following products by 10%:
-- DOWICIDE 1/1E
-- DOWICIDE A
-- DOWICIDE 25L

"Significant supply pressures in the marketplace drive the need for a price increase to position the molecule for continued re-investment," said Gerald Konst, global marketing manager for Building Materials, Adhesives and HI&I markets. "We must act now to be positioned to supply the markets continued increasing demands for the molecule."

North American customers can obtain more information by contacting their local Dow sales representative or distributor.

Boasting one of the industry's largest and most diverse product portfolios, Dow Biocides offers a product for just about every type of microbial challenge and system requirement. The performance capabilities range from high to low pH performance, quick kill to sustained performance and a range of registrations unparalleled in the industry.

Dow (www.dow.com) is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $40 billion, it serves customers in 175 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress: food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of sustainable development, the company employs 43,000 people. More information on Dow Biocides is available on the Internet at www.dowbiocides.com.

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