From 2013 to 2017, CGK Consulting Group played a major role in the Americas Styrenics PAMU / M5R project to replace the proprietary Dow Chemical Company MOD-V process control system with a commercially available option. Americas Styrenics was formed in 2008 when a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Chevron Phillips Chemicals was formed as a strategic alliance in North and South America in the sytrene and styrene polymers business. In 2010, Dow Chemical would divest its ownership of Americas Styrenics to private equity, leaving the company operating five heritage Dow sites, running nine reactor trains, and processing over 13,000 I/O on MOD-V process control systems.
CGK was positioned as an excellent system integrator selection for Americas Sytrenics, having experienced process, safety, and automation engineers that previously practiced under the Dow manufacturing discipline philosophy. This natural fit allowed CGK to immediately recognize the challenges of replacing the highly capable MOD-V system and meeting or exceeding the process control excellence Americas Styrenics was accustomed to. In 2013, CGK began to assist the Americas Styrenics Process Automation Group in the Dow MOD-V migration process