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Dow Chemical Shifts Strategy on Plastics

3:12 AM MDT | November 2, 2010 | Rob Westervelt in Midland, MI

Dow Chemical says it will likely retain its leading linear-low density polyethylene (LLDPE) franchise in any future deals involving its plastics business. A planned sale of a 50% stake of Dow’s basic plastics business collapsed in late 2008 when Kuwait’s Petrochemicals Industries Co. (PIC) pulled out of a planned joint venture. Dow officials are no longer seeking to find a replacement partner for Kuwait in that venture. “You should expect us to transact differently,” Dow Chemical chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris told reporters at a press...

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