Dow Automotive Systems Expands Sustainability Initiatives to Include Manufacturing Processes

  Dow Automotive Systems Expands Sustainability Initiatives to Include
  Manufacturing Processes

Business Wire

MIDLAND, Mich. -- December 03, 2012

Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:
DOW), is advancing their commitment to sustainability by securing renewable
bio-based fuel to power three primary manufacturing plants located in Midland,
Mich.

Dow Automotive Systems manufactures BETAMATE™ structural adhesives, BETASEAL™
glass bonding systems and Dow Brake Fluids at facilities that will be powered
by bio fuel within the Michigan Operations facilities at Dow headquarters in
Midland. The products from these facilities are supplied to customers in North
America.

Beginning in 2013, Dow will source clean power from biofuel for its Automotive
Systems plants in Michigan Operations, reducing annual energy usage by up to
1.5 megawatts per year or the equivalent of nearly 93,000 MM BTU of natural
gas. The use of clean power coupled with the energy savings will also reduce
carbon dioxide emissions from the manufacturing units by nearly 8,000 metric
tons per year, or the equivalent annual greenhouse gas emissions from
approximately 1,600 passenger vehicles.

As these three plants continue to demonstrate the value of sustainable
manufacturing, Dow Automotive Systems will work with customers to evaluate
additional opportunities worldwide.

“Sustainability goals should always include manufacturing,” said Steve
Henderson, General Manager of Dow Automotive Systems. “Certainly our products
support customer sustainability goals related to weight savings, which
bolsters fuel savings and ultimately cleaner air. Now the manufacturing
process also provides substantial benefits that are generating customer
interest.”

“Working closely with customers to help achieve key milestones like weight
savings, enables our engineers to develop products that address global
industry objectives,” Henderson added. “In addition to weight savings, our
materials also help improve vehicle durability, passenger comfort and improve
manufacturing efficiencies.”

About Dow Automotive Systems

Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is a
leading global provider of collaborative solutions and advanced materials for
original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers and
commercial transportation manufacturers. Our materials focus includes
structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesive solutions; polyurethane
foams and acoustical management solutions; films; fluids; and innovative
composite technologies. Offices and application development centers are
located around the world to ensure regionalized technical, engineering and
commercial support for customers and industry groups. For additional
information, visit dowautomotivesystems.com

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately
innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry
and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of
the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water,
renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural
productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty
chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a
broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in
approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics,
water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60
billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more
than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the
globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and
its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More
information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

Contact:

The Dow Chemical Company
Chris Swart, +1 248-391-6413
cswart@dow.com
 
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