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Dow expands SAP capacity.

A superabsorbent capacity expansion at both U.S. and international manufacturing facilities has been approved by the board of directors at Dow Chemical, Midland, MI. The company revealed plans in September to expand its "Drytech" superabsorbent polymer plants in Midland, MI and Rheinmuenster, Germany. The expansion in the U.S. is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 1994, while timing of the German expansion will be deter mined by customer needs. Together the increases will bring Dow's global capacity to 90,000 metric tons, 50.000 of which is occupied by U.S. capacity.

The decision to expand was spurred by increased global demand for newer ultra-thin styles of disposable diapers, which incorporate advanced superabsorbent technology.

Expo Nonwovens Asia Update

With ENA '94 less than ten months away, show organizers All Nippon Nonwovens Association are expecting to attract more than 10,000 attendees from around the globe. The exposition, which takes place at the Harumi International Fairgrounds, Tokyo, Japan, March 16-18, is targeting the agricultural, protective apparel, medical/surgical. construction. automotive, furniture and equipment markets.

The Third International Nonwovens Asia Conference, held concurrently with the show, will feature a keynote speech from Shozo Iwakuma, president of Japan Vilene, Tokyo, Japan. the sixth largest non woven roll goods producer in the world, as well as talks on a variety of nonwovens topics throughout the two days. The conference is co-organized by ANNA, Miller Freeman and INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.

For further information: Miller Freeman, 600 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107:415-905-2346; Fax: 415-905-2240.
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Title Annotation:Dow Chemical plans 'Drytech'superabsorbent polymer plants in Midland, Michigan and Rheinmuenster, Germany
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
Date:Nov 1, 1993
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