Dow Chemical Co.s new integrated specialty alkanolamines facility in Plaquemine, La., has passed all design tests and is now full operational. The new production unit is the only North American facility producing both alkyl alkanolamine and isopropanolamine products, Dow said, but did not disclose the new facilitys capacity.
Isopropanolamines are used in water-based metalworking fluids to protect against corrosion and improve lubricity. They are also used to reduce friction in buffing, cutting and cleaning fluids. Other uses include gas scrubbing and in production of cement additives, colorants, surfactants, pharmaceuticals and crop protection agents.