Issue Date: April 4, 2011
Dow Eyes China For Perchloroethylene
Dow Chemical and China’s Befar Group will explore the construction of a 40,000-metric-ton-per-year perchloroethylene (perc) plant in Binzhou, Shandong province, China. Perc’s traditional use as a dry-cleaning solvent is mature, but demand is growing as a feedstock for non-ozone-depleting fluorocarbon refrigerants, Dow says. Although the Chinese perc market is expanding rapidly, local supply has been limited, the company notes. The new plant would open in 2014.
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