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Dow Water Solutions to Showcase Advanced Technology Products at Saudi Water and Power Forum 2008


Dow Chemical Continues to Expand Presence in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dow Water Solutions (DWS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company and a global leader in water purification, seawater desalination, contamination removal and water reuse solutions, will showcase new developments in water technology and discuss its recent regional investments at the upcoming Saudi Water and Power Forum 2008 at booth #K06 from November 1 to 4, 2008.

Dow Water Solutions was launched two years ago as a market-facing business unit to address some of the world’s toughest water challenges. In a short span, Dow Water Solutions has evolved from being the world’s largest manufacturer of reverse osmosis (RO) water purification membranes into an industry leader providing a broad range of solutions for multiple water purification applications.

Commenting on Dow Water Solutions’ participation at Saudi Water and Power Forum 2008, Andreas Gorenflo, Middle East sales manager, Dow Water Solutions, said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a very strategic market for Dow Water Solutions as our highly advanced products offer an ideal solution towards addressing the water conservation and purification needs of the region”. He further added, “At Saudi Water and Power Forum, we are looking forward to highlighting our progress and investment for growth to enable attainable, affordable and sustainable water sourcing or treatment options for desalination, wastewater treatment, industrial process water, ultra-pure water and other applications”.

Dow Water Solutions’ high-performance FILMTEC™ membranes are operational in some of the most water-challenged areas of the world including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. In partnership with WETICO Saudi Berkefeld, the recently-launched Shoaiba Barge SeaWater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant is one of Saudi Arabia’s largest RO seawater desalination plant and the world’s largest sea-based desalination plant. Shoaiba produces more than 50,000 m3/day using FILMTEC™ membrane elements.
Over the years, improvements in FILMTEC™ RO membrane elements have provided a threefold increase in the amount of treated water per element while reducing energy costs in desalination and other water purification and re-use projects around the world. Currently, desalination plants with Dow technology enable more than 218 million gallons of freshwater per day in Tampa Bay, FL, USA; Perth, Australia; and many other sites around the globe.

Dow has been present in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through several joint ventures including the recent benchmark agreement with Saudi Aramco for the establishment of a joint venture that will develop and operate a world scale chemicals and plastics production plant at Ras Tanura in the Eastern province of the country.

About Dow Water Solutions

Dow Water Solutions is a performance-based business unit comprised of world-class brands and enabling component technologies designed to advance the science of water purification around the world, including seawater desalination, contaminant removal and water reuse. With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, the business maintains five production facilities globally to manufacture, market and sell reverse osmosis membranes, ion exchange resins, titanium-based arsenic removal media, ultrafiltration, and electrodeionization components. Dow Water Solutions also manufactures markets and sells premier water purification systems in China.

About Dow

With annual sales of $54 billion and 46,000 employees worldwide, 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 around 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. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.


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