ZHANGJIAGANG, China (April 25, 2008) — Dow Corning Corp. has opened a silicone rubber plant in Zhangjiagang, the company's largest investment in silicone rubber in the past decade.
The firm didn't give a size of the investment, other than to say it was a multimillion dollar outlay.
The 65,000-sq.-ft. facility will make high-consistency rubber and liquid silicone rubber for a variety of industrial and consumer applications, according to Dow Corning. It will serve customers in China and throughout Asia.
The company said the silicone rubber plant is an integral part of Dow Corning's manufacturing site currently being constructed there. The site includes China's largest facility to make siloxane along with downstream finishing plants. Dow Corning and Wacker Chemie A.G. are investing $600 million in the joint venture siloxane facility, which is expected to be finished during 2010.