Dow’s journey in Germany began in 1960 when the first sales office was opened in Frankfurt – today Dow is one of the 10 largest American companies in Germany. Outside the US, Germany is Dow's largest country in terms of sales (US$ 4.8 bn in 2014), employees (approx. 5,000) and production volume (7.5 million metric tons in 2014). The company operates in 17 locations in Germany - production facilities, sales offices and research and development facilities. The headquarter of Dow in Germany is in Schwalbach, the largest production facilities are in Lower Saxony (Stade) and in Central Germany (Dow Olefinverbund: Schkopau, Leuna , Böhlen in Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony). Virtually all business portfolios are represented in Germany. To manufacture our products safely and in an environmentally friendly and rational manner, the organization relies on well-qualified and highly specialized staff. For this reason, a combination of good basic apprenticeship and advanced training schemes, as well as a staffing and company policy with a focus on the individual are all taken as a matter of course at our sites.
The Bomlitz site belongs to Dow since 2007. With its large production and research capacities and its almost 800 employees the site represents the competence center for cellulose applications within Dow. The products appear in almost any situation/product of everyday life, such as in pharmaceuticals or personal care products. This year Bomlitz site will celebrate its 200th anniversary.
About Dow Central Germany
Dow Central Germany continues the long tradition in producing and processing plastics and specialty chemicals in the region. The commitment of Dow started in 1995 by taking over the economic responsibility for the sites of the “Buna Sow Leuna Olefinverbund GmbH (BSL)”, Germany. In 2000, after the extensive restructuring of the plants in Schkopau, Boehlen, Leuna and Teutschenthal, the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the The Dow Chemical Company. Today, Dow Central Germany represents the largest production site in Germany with approximately 1.700 employees.At Schkopau and Böhlen, Dow operates the ValuePark®, one of the leading chemical parks for polymer producers, plastics-processing companies and chemical related service providers. Since its foundation in 1998, 21 companies have settled here.
About Rhine Center
The Dow Rhine Center is the only cross-border site worldwide. In both production facilities, Rheinmuenster (Germany) and Drusenheim (France), people from 25 nations work successfully hand in hand. Main products are polystyrene panels, epoxy resins, latex emulsion polymers, films and pesticides. Currently the Dow Rhine Center has approximately 650 employees.
Since the construction of the site started on the lower reaches of the River Elbe in October 1969, Stade site has grown into one of the largest and most important industrial organizations in the Stade region. The site covers about 5.5 square kilometers. Here a staff of around 1500 people produces a large variety of chemicals for worldwide distribution. About 4 billion Euros have already been invested in the location. Today, 16 plants are producing about 3 million tons of commodities and specialty chemicals annually. Stade is a highly integrated chlorine driven site. The products leaving the site can be found in hundreds of everyday commodities, which form an essential part of our daily lives.
As of June 1, 2016, we are part of the Dow family. Dow Corning has been located in Wiesbaden for more than 30 years, focusing on the manufacture of liquid silicone rubbers, specialty lubricants, catalyst systems, and thermal conductive adhesives. We are developing product solutions for the silicone rubber business as well as lubricants for customers in our local labs. Our products are shipped throughout the whole world and serve customers mainly in the automotive and industrial assembly maintenance industries. For the time being approx. 340 employees are based in Wiesbaden. In late 2018, Dow Germany headquarters will relocate from Schwalbach to Wiesbaden.