RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 25) — Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex has accelerated its evaluation of a project to set up manufacturing capacity in the Asia-Pacific region for the company´s line of synthetic polymers used in glove manufacturing. Dow-Reichhold said the evaluation will focus on identifying a comprehensive plan to continue a high level of support for the company´s customers in the region.
Dow Reichhold President Jeffrey Welker said the evaluation "is the next step in our continuing investment in the global glove industry."
The firm said it is in the early stage of commercializing its DR 3988 brand latex, which it claims offers enhancements for thin-film medical glove application. Dow Reichhold also is in the development and qualification process for up to three more new polymers, according to Robert Ewing, global marketing manager for gloves.