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Dow firm 'committed' to ME.

The Middle East is witnessing strong growth in extra-high-voltage and high-voltage (HV) cables because of the growth of infrastructure requiring more power, says a leading player in the industry.

"There is a preference in the region for underground cables which provide reliable transmission and longevity, two critical factors in this market," said Robert Tarimo, market manager for Dow Wire and Cable in Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa. "Cable capacity for MV (medium voltage) and HV in the region is around 270,000 km with another 90,000 km to be added over the next two to three years, which is a 10 per cent increase in capacity," he said. Dow Wire and Cable, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and its affiliates, is a leading provider of plastics-enhanced materials, technology solutions and expertise for wires and cables essential to the transmission, distribution and consumption of power, voice and data. The company has more than a dozen manufacturing and technical service facilities around the world. Customers in the region include some of the largest manufacturers of electrical power cables and power generation and distribution companies. The company offers power cables, telecommunications cables and products for the fast-growing specialty products market for wire and cable.

Performance-enhancing elastomers The company offers three performance-enhancing elastomers, each specially formulated with differentiating properties to complement its existing compounds. They are: Engage polyolefin elastomers, Nordel ethylene propylene rubber products and Tyrin chlorinated polyethylene (CPE). Engage polyolefin elastomers, produced using Insite technology, bridge the gap between rubber and plastic. Engage is said to be a highly versatile, modifying wire and cable compound acting as the primary polymer matrix. It offers superior combinations of flexibility and processability, low density, and colorability. Nordel products, also produced using Insite technology, set higher standards in ethylene propylene diene monomer performance. Nordel improves yield, reduces scrap and provides exceptional polymer cleanliness for use in LV and MV compounds, including FR compounds Tyrin CPE is used as the polymer component in flame- and oil-resistant flexible cable jacket compounds. These characteristics make Tyrin-based crosslinked compounds attractive candidates for the jacketing of mining cables, shipboard, off-shore cables and railway rolling-stock cable jackets. "We are committed to the Middle East market because it is a region that has been experiencing demand growth for wires and cables in recent years, driven by infrastructure growth in power distribution and telecommunications," Tarimo said. "Our combination of materials helps to exhibit mechanical strength, flexibility, electrical properties and aging stability, and we continue to set industry standards worldwide for cleanliness, consistency, reliability and quality," the official said. "Our customers worldwide benefit from a broad portfolio of wire and cable products and compounds with the convenience of single-source purchasing. We constantly invest in new products and technologies and will be launching a new brand programme in the last quarter."

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