Dow Water & Process invests in next generation production line for residential RO elements

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Dec. 2, 2009 -- Dow Water & Process Solutions announced as part of the 2008 Edina expansion its investment in the design, construction and start up of the next generation production line of DOW FILMTEC residential reverse osmosis (RO) elements...

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Dec. 2, 2009 -- Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and a global leader in water purification, announced today, as part of the 2008 Edina expansion, its investment in the design, construction and start up of the next generation production line of DOW™ FILMTEC™ residential reverse osmosis (RO) elements, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

The global residential water treatment market is growing, driven in part by the awareness of the importance of clean water and the increased concern about water-related health problems. Also, economic growth in China, India, other Asian countries and Eastern Europe has opened an immense market of people that are willing to invest for their health and wellness.

"We have always been committed to providing the most reliable and consistent products and solutions to our customers and their clients," said Leticia Jensen, marketing manager, Dow Water & Process Solutions. "Whether it is through our industry expertise, technological developments, or investments to support customer growth, we stand behind our products and our commitment to make high quality water a reality worldwide."

Dow's newest FILMTEC™ residential RO elements will be produced on state-of-the-art, fully automated fabrication equipment -- from raw materials to final packaging, the elements are precisely manufactured to rigorous, pre-defined specifications. The ability to consistently produce identical, high quality products time and again means DOW™ FILMTEC™ elements offer customers reliability. In addition, it provides consumers with reliable home RO system start-up performance, minimizing the need for RO element related service calls.

The new production line is expected to start up by early 2010. "The increased capacity, advanced automation and quality control will allow us to keep providing high quality DOW™ FILMTEC™ residential RO elements, with improved service levels and inventory." stated Jensen.

About Dow Water & Process Solutions
Dow Water & Process Solutions has a 50 year legacy of providing innovative water and process solutions to both communities and industries alike. A differentiated business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Water & Process Solutions offers a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, media for trace contaminants removal, reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes and electrodeionization products, with strong positions in a number of major application areas, including industrial and municipal water, industrial processes, pharmaceuticals, power, residential water and waste and water reuse. . More information about Dow Water & Process Solutions can be found at www.dowwatersolutions.com.

About Dow
Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in approximately 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. In 2008, Dow had annual sales of $57.4 billion and employed approximately 46,000 people worldwide. The Company has 150 manufacturing sites in 35 countries and produces approximately 3,300 products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008, 98 manufacturing sites in 30 countries and approximately 15,000 employees worldwide. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com

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