Dow Chemical is considering unloading its construction, paint and chlorine units as those businesses expose the company to commodity price swings from increased competition. "One-third of our business is in low-cost commodity, cyclical-type business, where my competition is state-owned enterprises," said Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris. "My competition is racing to commoditize my products. That means I have to keep working them out of the portfolio and keep moving to areas of high-margin, high-technology."

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