Dow Enhances U.S. Gulf Coast Integration with New Idemitsu/Mitsui Joint Venture

  Dow Enhances U.S. Gulf Coast Integration with New Idemitsu/Mitsui Joint

 JV to Supply Comonomers for Dow’s High Value Performance Plastics Franchise

Business Wire

MIDLAND, Mich. -- March 18, 2013

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today an initial agreement for
a long-term ethylene off-take agreement with a new joint venture to be formed
between Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan.
Idemitsu and Mitsui will form the joint venture to construct and operate a
world-scale, Linear Alpha Olefins unit on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This agreement
marks the next milestone in Dow’s strategy to integrate cost-advantaged
feedstocks to support the profitable growth of the Company’s high value
Performance Plastics franchise. The joint venture will utilize an integrated
supply of ethylene from Dow’s production grid on the U.S. Gulf Coast to
produce Linear Alpha Olefins used as comonomers throughout Dow’s high value
Performance Plastics franchise, and will contribute significant capital for
these rights.

“Today’s announcement further illustrates Dow’s commitment to invest in
high-return projects that deliver advantaged feedstocks for our
differentiated, downstream derivatives, while simultaneously building
strategic partnerships that drive economies of scale and improved capital
efficiency,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Dow’s chairman and chief executive
officer. “Taken on the whole, positive disruptive trends in U.S. shale gas
have led us to make different decisions about where and how we invest for
global growth. Our comprehensive U.S. Gulf Coast investments will enable our
enterprise to deliver higher and more sustainable value from our existing
premier U.S. base to supply domestic and global growth.”

Dow is a large consumer of Linear Alpha Olefins and utilizes them within the
Company’s Performance Plastics franchise for the production of high
performance materials such as DOWLEX™, ELITE™, NORDEL™, AFFINITY™ and ENGAGE™.
Dow expects the agreement with the JV will enable a long-term supply and
purchase relationship for Linear Alpha Olefins, which will enhance Dow’s high
value Performance Plastics franchise, better enabling it to serve several of
the Company’s fastest growing market segments, including Packaging; Hygiene
and Medical; Electrical and Telecommunications; Transportation, Sports and
Leisure and Consumer Durables.

“This agreement highlights Dow’s commitment to further strengthen the
competiveness of our high-value, performance-oriented Plastics businesses, as
well as our aim to grow with our customers in North and South America,” said
Jim Fitterling,  Dow executive vice president. “The agreement with the joint
venture is beneficial to the project economics and is a good example of the
type of strategic projects that Dow is currently evaluating: As an investor in
Dow’s Gulf Coast project, Idemitsu and Mitsui will receive ethylene
integration benefits while improving the capital efficiency of the cracker
from a Dow perspective. In addition, Dow secures a reliable, integrated,
cost-advantaged source of comonomers for our Performance Plastics franchise.”

Location options for the Linear Alpha Olefins unit are currently being
explored with final investment locations to be determined at a later date.
Construction and start-up of the new unit is targeted for 2016.

The JV is in the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase and will
complete this work in 2014. Financial details are not being disclosed.

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 2012, Dow had annual sales of
approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide.
The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 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

About Mitsui

Mitsui & Co., Ltd is one of the most diversified and comprehensive trading,
investment and service enterprises in the world, with 151 offices in 67
countries as of March, 2013. Utilizing the global operating locations, network
and information resources, Mitsui is multilaterally pursuing business that
ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the
development of major international infrastructure and other projects in the
following fields: Iron & Steel Products, Mineral & Metal Resources,
Infrastructure Projects, Motor Vehicles & Construction Machinery, Marine &
Aerospace, Chemicals, Energy, Food Resources, Food Products & Services,
Consumer Services, IT, Financial & New Business and Transportation Logistics.
Mitsui is actively taking on challenges for global business innovation around
the world. More information about Mitsui can be found at

About Idemitsu

Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. is one of the Japan’s largest petroleum and chemical
company. Since its establishment in 1911, Idemitsu has been practicing the
concept of ‘respect for human beings’ in the conduct of business and
contributing to society through business. Under this philosophy, Idemitsu puts
all its efforts not only to ensure stable energy supply in Japan, but also to
contribute to the expanding overseas market in the various fields such as oil
exploration and production, coal mining, petrochemical, lubricants and
electronic materials. Idemitsu has 4 refineries and 2 petrochemical plants in
Japan and annual sales for FY 2011 was JPY 4.3 trillion. More information
about Idemitsu can be found at

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factors. Accordingly, there is no assurance that the Company’s expectations
will be realized. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to
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The Dow Chemical Company
Nancy Lamb, 989-638-7251
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