Dow Benelux B.V. (private company) is a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. Dow Benelux constantly works on innovation by combining scientific insights with our technologic knowledge. In this way, we provide durable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems; such as the need for clean drinking water, the generation of durable energy and the improvement of agricultural productivity.
Dow’s history in the Benelux started with the opening of a trade office back in 1955. Today, Dow Benelux has grown into a leading player at the intersection of chemistry, biology and physics. In 6 sites and 20 plants in the Netherlands and in Belgium, around 2,000 employees work on leading products and solutions. The synthetic and chemical products produced in the Benelux reach customers and markets all over the world.
The beating heart of Dow Benelux lies in Terneuzen, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (Zeelandic Flanders, the Netherlands). With its 17 plants and about 1,700 employees, Dow Terneuzen is the second largest production site of Dow. As the largest employer in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, Dow contributes to the economic and social success of the region.
The Dow site in Delfzijl produces methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), an important base material for polyurethane. Polyurethane is used in mattresses, furniture, refrigerators, dashboards and cell phones and other products.
Dow Terneuzen is the second largest production site of Dow globally and the largest Dow site in the Benelux. The naphtha crackers form the heart of the Terneuzen site. It is here that the raw materials naphtha and LPG are converted into ethylene, propylene, butadiene and benzene, the most important building blocks of many plastics and chemicals. Also the Benelux head office, one of the largest research departments of Dow in Europe and the Business Process Services Center (BPSC) are located in Terneuzen. The BPSC provides services for Dow’s businesses and joint ventures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.