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Dow Announces Peroxymeric Chemicals Exit


Midland, MI - September 06, 2006 - The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) has announced that it is exiting the Peroxymeric Chemicals (PXC) business, with production ceasing for most products by October 31, 2006. The exit comes following a period of declining revenue and poor market conditions for these products.

The business will continue offering CYRACURE™ photoinitiators, produced by a third party on Dow’s behalf, to support its UV cure customers. However, all other PXC products will be discontinued, including: CYRACURE and ERL cycloaliphatic epoxides; FLEXOL™ EPO and LOE epoxidized oils; and TONE™ caprolactone monomers and polymers, TONE polyols and TONE m-series caprolactone acrylate.

“We are taking every reasonable step to minimize disruption to our customers’ operations and help them through the transition to new products and sources of supply,” said James Sloan, global PXC product manager. “While we have valued serving our loyal customers, we can no longer justify the high cost of participating in the market or further investing in the business based on insufficient returns and increasingly poor market conditions for these products.”

PXC products are specialty chemicals that go into a wide variety of end use products, including: electrical insulators, insulation tapes, high-voltage coils and transformers, automotive primers and topcoats, roofing and appliance finishes, shoe adhesives and more.

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