Because France has a long tradition in producing, commercializing and developing applications based on special products with considerable added value, its market is highly attractive for Dow and in line with the strategy of the group.
For over 50 years, Dow France produces and commercializes plastics, chemical products, advanced materials and special chemical products. Our clients are present on a wide variety of markets such as the agriculture, agrifood, water treatment, automotive, packaging, cosmetics, cable, electronics or construction industry.
Having become a key player at the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics , Dow France profits from a solid network of facilities in this country, which groups more than 1,300 employees on eight main facilities, of which five industrial sites, one innovation and technical support center, and multiple commercial offices.
Dow France – some facts and figures:
- 1963: the start of Dow’s commercial activities in France.
- More than 50 years of industrial and commercial presence in France.
- Sales revenue of about 1 billion Euros in 2013 for Dow France.
- More than 1,350 employees, of whom more than 100 are scientists.
- Five industrial production sites:
- in the Alsace in Lauterbourg, Drusenheim and Erstein (Bas-Rhin)
- in Picardy, in Villers-Saint-Paul (Oise) and in Chauny (Aisne)
- More than 80% of our output produced by our Dow France industrial sites is exported out of France.
- Between 2011 and 2014, almost 50 million Euros was invested in our Dow France industrial sites.
- One center for innovation, technological development and technical support located in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in Sophia-Antipolis (Alpes Maritimes).
Two administrative and commercial centers are located in Ile-de-France, one of which is the administrative headquarters for Dow France, in La Plaine Saint-Denis (Seine Saint Denis) and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Yvelines).
On the Chauny site, Dow manufactures ion exchange resins, adsorbent resins and catalysts for its Dow Water and Process Solutions customers. The ion exchange resins are being used to purify, separate or enrich the elements of the treated fluid. The Chauny site also arbitrates labs for technical support and application development for Dow Water and Process Solutions customers, as well as for the needs of quality control. The ion exchange resins, absorbent resins and catalysts in Chauny are being used in very different applications; from water treatment to food industry, but also pharmaceutical products, mining product depuration, energy, bioprocesses, chemical formulation or catalysis
On the Drusenheim site, several activities of the group are represented on the site: Dow Building Solutions manufactures extruded polystyrene foams for the thermal insulation of buildings. Dow Performance Plastics manufactures technical foils for applications within the paper industry, food packaging and the medical field. Dow AgroSciences operates units of synthesis, formulation and packaging of plant protection products, specifically selective herbicides and fungicides which are destined to the production of cereals and vines.
On the Erstein site, Dow Formulated Systems develops and manufactures polyurethane systems. These materials are used for example for shock-resistant coating of playgrounds for children, floor coverings, insulation foam for construction, or glues, paints, gaskets and soundproofing materials for cars. Erstein developed the production of polyurethane prepolymers and hosted a new manufacturing unit for high performance technical elastomers. Among the applications of high performance elastomers; sieves in mines, offshore buoys, high resistance mechanical parts, coatings of inking rollers, as well as anechoic tiles used to make submarines undetectable! The Erstein site regroups as well commercial services, technical support and development for different market segments: adhesives, binders, hydrophilic prepolymers, etc.
On the Lauterbourg site, several activities of the group are represented: Dow Coating Materials manufactures additives used mainly in varnishes, decorative paints, digital imaging, in the manufacturing of leather, paper, woven and non-woven textiles. Dow Plastic Additives manufactures a range of implementation agents and impact modifiers to improve PVC and technical plastics’ performances, used mainly for packaging, automotive, construction and construction goods.
The Paris Saint-Denis site gathers several activity sectors, commercial teams and relation and customer service teams. Many supporting functions are located on the site as well, such as administration services, Human Resources, communication and legal. The site hosts the headquarters of several Dow affiliated companies, including Dow France S.A.S. and Rohm and Haas France S.A.S.
At the heart of the scenic French Alps near Grenoble, our Saint-Laurent-du-Pont Dow Multibase site is a world leader of high-tech plastic compounds and masterbatches used to improve and extend material properties for a wide range of markets such as automotive, consumer products or portable electronics. For instance, thermoplastic elastomers and additives made in Saint-Laurent improve resistance, aesthetics and safety in key automotive parts such as weatherseals, instrument panel skin or airbag covers. Innovative silicon-based solutions from Saint-Laurent give a silky touch to your smartphone and wearable devices, facilitate the deployment of fiber-optic wires; they even ease cork insertion and removal from wine bottles!
Dow settled in September 2005 in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, municipality of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines agglomeration, where Dow AgroSciences hosts today most of the current organization responsible for the activities in France: Commercial Management, Regional Management, Marketing team, Technical Department, testing and certification, as well as Customer Service. The management of the «Regional Commercial Unit» for southern Europe is also located since 2013 on the Saint-Quentin site.
The Dow group has been one of the first occupiers of the Sophia-Antipolis park, created at the beginning of the Eighties. Today, the Dow site in Sophia Antipolis lies in the science park within the municipality of Valbonne. This innovation center brings together business, technical support and application development activities for the customers of five out of the six Dow branches: Functional Materials Performance Materials Agrosciences Coatings and Infrastructures Performance Plastics The labs in Valbonne-Sophia Antipolis serve a variety of markets, such as construction products, adhesives, coatings, road paints, food packaging, agriculture, cleaning or cosmetics.
On the Villers-Saint-Paul site, Dow produces water-soluble acrylic polymers, available as a solution and solid, for the Dow Consumer and Industrial Solutions customers. These products are mainly destined for industries producing cleaning and water-treatment products, construction materials, non-woven textiles, ceramics, but also extractive industries (oil, gas, minerals).