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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Joint venture between Dow and Petrochemical Industries Company

The Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) of the State of Kuwait, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), and the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) today announced plans to form a 50/50 joint venture that will be a market-leading, global petrochemicals company.

The joint venture, to be headquartered in the United States, will manufacture and market polyethylene, ethyleneamines, ethanolamines, polypropylene, and polycarbonate. The JV is expected to have revenues of more than $11 billion (pro forma) and employ more than 5000 people worldwide.
The new venture will build upon PIC’s feedstock position and commitment to global petrochemicals growth, KPC’s position as one of the world’s top-10 energy/hydrocarbons companies, and Dow’s technology and market leadership – including its number one position in polyethylene, ethyleneamines and ethanolamines. Dow will also maintain its world-class security, environment, health and safety standards in the new venture. Customers, in turn, will benefit from an even stronger supplier having feedstock integration, global supply chain, advanced technologies, resources to grow with customer demand, and an ongoing commitment to the future of the petrochemical industry.

The transaction is subject to the completion of definitive agreements, customary conditions and regulatory approvals, and is anticipated to close in late 2008.



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