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ダウ、シリコーンの需要増加とイノベーション実現に向けた投資計画を発表

ターゲット市場でのシリコーンソリューションの世界的需要増加に対応し、段階的に生産能力 拡充へ

ザ・ダウ・ケミカル・カンパニー(以下、「ダウ」という)は、川上から川下までのシリコーンバリューチェーンで、投資効率の高い一連の投資を発表しました。これにより、建築・土木、ホーム・パーソナルケア、電気・産業、消費財、アセンブリといった成長市場において顧客からの高まる需要ニーズに柔軟にお応えするとともに、イノベーションを一層加速していきます。

【投資計画の概要】

  • 今後3年にわたり、シロキサンの段階的増産、生産効率向上に向けた一連のプロジェクトを実施
    • ダウの世界各地のシロキサン製造工場での生産能力増加、生産性向上を目指します。
  • 米国ケンタッキー州キャロルトンにヒドロキシル官能シロキサンポリマー製造工場を新設
    • 顧客とのイノベーション実現を加速する最新技術を兼ね備えた設備で、米国でのポリマー生産能力が65%増加します。
  • ダウの高付加価値パフォーマンスシリコーン製品の生産能力増強に向けた拡張プロジェクトを予定。主なものとして、中国江蘇州張家港(ジャンジャガン)工場内に、スペシャリティレジン工場の新設。
    • ジャンジャガン工場では、ホーム・パーソナルケア、粘着剤、消泡剤、光学成形用シリコーンなどの高付加価値シリコーン製品向けのレジン中間体の生産を増強します。

「今回発表しました投資計画により、世界中で高まるシリコーンへの需要に対応し、これまで以上により迅速に顧客とイノベーションを実現します。また、ダウは、世界で最大規模のシリコーンメーカーとしての強固な地位を市場で確立します。」とダウの最高経営責任者(CEO) 兼ダウ・デュポン素材科学事業部門最高執務責任者(COO)のジム・フィッタリングは述べています。「ダウのより高い収益確保に貢献すべく、今回の資金投資による回収期間は短い見込みでかつ、高いリターンを予定しています。」

上記の投資計画に加えて、ダウは、世界規模のシロキサン製造工場建設の実現可能性を検討(以下、「フィジビリティ・スタディ」という)し始めたと発表しました。新設されるシロキサン製造工場の場所は、フィジビリティ・スタディの結果により決定する予定です。

「ダウは、顧客に安定したシリコーン製品を供給できるように、生産工程の川上から川下において投資を継続していきます。」とダウ コンシューマーソリューションズ事業部 ビジネスプレジデントのマウロ・グレゴリオはコメントしています。「今回発表された投資は、既存のシリコーン生産工場に加えて非常に重要な拠点となります。イノベーション・パイプラインの実現を強化しつつ、世界中で差別化されたモノマーや中間体の生産増強を図ります。」と述べています。

イノベーションとシリコーンをベースにソリューションを提供するグローバルリーディングカンパニーとして、ダウは、米国ケンタッキー州キャロルトン、英国ウェールズ州バリー、中国江蘇州張家港(ジャンジャガン)にある世界規模のシロキサン製造工場を含む世界中の約20の工場でシリコーンを生産しています。

以上

本参考資料は、米国時間2018年9月12日に米国ザ・ダウ・ケミカル・カンパニーが配信したリリース「Dow Announces Investment Plans to Meet Silicones Demand Growth and Drive Innovation」の抄訳です。当資料の正式言語は英語であり、その内容および解釈については英語が優先されます。』

東レ・ダウコーニングについて
ダウと東レの合弁会社である東レ・ダウコーニングは、ダウ・デュポン 素材科学事業部門のパフォーマンスシリコーン事業の日本拠点として、シリコーンを中心とした高機能素材の研究開発、製造、販売に取り組んでいます。日本市場で50年以上にわたるシリコーン事業展開で培った市場に関する深い知識、研究開発力、技術力をもとに、世界中の顧客や業界のさまざまなニーズに即応したソリューションを提供しています。輸送機器、建築・土木、パーソナルケア、化学品製造といった幅広い産業が直面している課題に対して最適な製品・技術の提供により、顧客のイノベーション実現に貢献しています。イノベーションとシリコーンを中心としたケイ素関連技術の世界的リーダーであるパフォーマンスシリコーン事業の日本拠点として、最新かつ、実証されたシリコーン ソリューションの開発により、産業や顧客のさらなる発展をサポートし、また世界中の人々の生活の質の向上に貢献し続けています。 ja.consumer.dow.com

ダウについて
ザ・ダウ・ケミカル・カンパニー(ダウ)は、科学とテクノロジーの知見を基に、人類の進歩に不可欠な第一級の素材科学ソリューションの開発に取り組んでいます。業界でもトップクラスの強力かつ広範なツールを備えており、強固なテクノロジー、統合された資産、スケールと競争力を基盤に、グローバル社会が抱える複雑な課題解決に対応します。ダウが擁する、市場主導型かつ業界を代表する高機能素材、工業用中間体およびプラスチック事業のポートフォリオは、包装やインフラ、コンシューマー・ケアなど成長著しい市場における顧客企業に向けて、差別化された技術に基づく幅広い製品やソリューションを提供します。ダウは、ダウとデュポンからなるホールディングカンパニーであるダウ・デュポン(NYSE: DWDP)の子会社です。ダウ・デュポンは、農業関連、素材科学、特殊化学品分野における強固で独立した3つの上場企業を設立する計画です。www.dow-dupont.com

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