Innovation in chemical world- Dow Chemical Company

In 1897 a chemical company was founded by a Canadian borne chemist Herbert Henry Dow, which has crossed many paths to prove itself and in 21st century it got third position in world ranking by market capitalization. We are going to talk about the ‘Dow Chemical Co.’ which has more than 18,000 granted U.S. patents since 1920 with worldwide 10,000 active patents and in 2009 nearly 5000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe.

With 52,000 employers in worldwide the company is headquartered in Midland, Michigan. Current CEO of this multinational company is Andrew N. Liveris, whose mission is: “To passionately innovate what is essential to human progress by providing sustainable solutions to our customers”

With the power of science and technology, this company is providing its services in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia pacific, Middle East and Africa; still working with many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.


Dow Chemical Co. produces a wide range of products which can be classified into different industrial sectors:


  • Agriculture and food
  • Building and construction
  • Healthcare and medical
  • Electronics and entertainment
  • Household goods and personal care
  • Industrial
  • Oil and gas
  • Packaging , paper and publishing
  • Plastics
  • Transportation
  • Utilities


Career opportunities:

Students can experience work at Dow through internships and co-op programs. Recent graduates and those with working experience are also invited to apply for career opportunities at Dow. Various type of career programs are available at Dow i.e. student programs, early career programs, MBA general management program, opportunities for experienced candidates, BEST symposium for doctoral and post doctoral scientist.

At present most Dow is handling the most vulnerable topic .i.e. future of energy. Dow has an algae joint venture project under way. When finished, the technology should help it dispose of its carbon dioxide waste and produce an alternative fuel in the process. This venture, run with Algenol Biofuels, is in the development phase in Texas. We wish Dow’s success on this noble effort.

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Samain, A., Innovation in Chemical World: Dow Chemical Company, ChE Thoughts 2 (1), 46, 2011.


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