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Dow To Shutter XLA Production

The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., will exit its Dow Fiber Solutions (DFS) business and shut down production of DOW XLA™ stretch fiber over the next six to 18 months. The company said the action is in line with its strategy to streamline and focus its business portfolio, and follows a determination that DFS could not compete with Dow's other performance businesses for further investment and expansion.

Dow launched DFS and its core Dow XLA fiber technology in 2002, and apparel featuring the olefin-based soft stretch fiber began appearing in retail markets in 2004. The fiber withstands extreme chemicals and temperatures up to 220°C as well as harsh dyeing, bleaching, mercerizing and garment-washing conditions; and is compatible with both natural and man-made fibers.

DFS's XLA production facility, located in Tarragona, Spain, will continue to fill customers' current and final orders for the fiber. After final shut-down of the XLA operation, the facility will be considered for an alternative use within Dow. In the meantime, Dow also will be exploring future alternatives for the business.

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