21 October 2010 | Angeline Albert
The Dow Chemical Company is to establish a centre in Northern Ireland focused on making its supply chain capability “world class”.
The company, which manufactures chemical, plastic and agricultural products, hopes the Belfast facility will become a centre of expertise for buyers to work on further improving its global supply chain.
“As a world-class global manufacturing organisation, having a world-class infrastructure and supply chain capability is absolutely critical to our business,” said Dave Kepler, Dow executive vice-president, business services, chief information and chief sustainability officer. “This supply chain centre in Belfast will help us continue to find ways to reduce time to market, speed delivery to our customers and lower costs. We’re pleased to strengthen our presence in a community with world-class intellectual talent.”
The firm said Belfast was selected because of its access to mainland Europe and Northern Ireland’s approach to attracting businesses to the area. The region’s educated engineering graduate workforce and strong communications and transportation infrastructure also played a part in the decision, it said.
Dow said its growing needs in the Middle East and Africa will be supported by the time zone in which the centre is located.
Dow has a portfolio of chemical, advanced materials, agro-sciences and plastics businesses. In 2009 it had annual sales of $45 billion (£29 billion) and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The company has more than 5,000 products manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe.