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Dow at UTECH North America'14: Presented Hydrophobic Polyols for Coatings Market & more

Published on 2014-06-09. Author : SpecialChem

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- Visitors to the UTECH North America 2014 conference and exhibition were treated to a keynote speech by Mark Bassett, Dow's global vice president of Polyurethanes. His presentation titled "A World of Change, a World of Opportunity," framed the value of polyurethane chemistry to society over an 80-year span. Starting with its discovery by Otto Bayer in 1937, Bassett built a historical time frame of polyurethane applications from its early use as a protective coating, to providing comfort as foams in furniture and bedding, to its value as an insulation material for homes and home appliances that reduces energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

"This more sustainable world everyone's after, where economic and social progress are in harmony with the planet's resources, is something our industry and (polyurethanes) are already helping to deliver," said Bassett during his address. "We've proven it's a material that enables higher quality of life more efficiently than most others."

In a call for collaboration among value chain players, Bassett pointed out, "The chemistry is not the limiting factor here. It's not about what the polyurethane molecule can or can't do – we know it can do practically anything. The limiting factor is us. We can only achieve that innovation by working together in the right ways on the right things."

As for where innovation in the industry should focus for the future, Bassett told the audience, "We need to look at minimizing resource consumption, accounting for the lifecycle of our products, empowering more people to make more sustainable choices. We need to find new, higher-value uses that address unmet needs."

Dow also put its innovation on display at the exhibition portion of the two-day event and presented technical papers, including:

  • Enhancing the Formulator's Toolbox with a Novel High Performance Polyether Polyol. Polyurethane formulators endure relentless pressure to reduce costs of raw materials used to manufacture finished objects, while maintaining processing and performance. To support them in CASE and TPU applications, Dow developed VORANOL™ 223-060LM Polyol that is liquid at room temperature, has low unsaturation and optimized microphase separation for high performance PU objects.
  • Recent Developments in Polyisocyanate Polyaddition (PIPA) Copolymer Allow Foamers More Versatility in Formulations. Polyisocyanate polyaddition (PIPA) copolymer polyols play an important role in imparting load bearing properties to high resilience (HR) foams. With stringent flammability tests in place for furniture, PIPA polyols allow for reduced flame retardant use vs. other polymer polyols. Recent advances by Dow Chemical have doubled the solids content of these polyols, allowing foamers more versatility in formulations.
  • New Range of Hydrophobic Polyols Designed for Applications Requiring Mechanically Robust Materials with Lasting Durability to Environmental, Water, Chemical and UV Exposure. A new range of hydrophobic polyols has been developed for the coatings and elastomers markets which are designed for applications requiring mechanically robust materials with lasting durability to environmental exposure, viz., water, chemical and UV exposure. These hydrophobic polyols offer processing flexibility over other hydrophobic polyol technologies, due to their inherently low viscosity.
  • A Comparison of Polyurethane Thermal Insulation Technologies for Appliances and Panels show PASCAL™ and PASCAL™ PRO as the Most Sustainable and High Performance Solutions. Dow launched its breakthrough PASCAL™ and PASCAL™ PRO polyurethane technologies for insulating household appliance and discontinuous panels' producers which can be used with any type of blowing agent, offering the possibility to maximize the foam performance and environmental sustainability of the solution chosen.
  • Polyisocyanurate Fire Rated Solutions for Insulated Metal Panels. Dow has developed a new family of VORATHERM™ polyisocyanurate foam systems that do not contain any halogenated flame retardants. The novel VORATHERM™ family allows panels' manufacturers to combine the compliance with US and European fire safety and quality standards, with the growing sustainability requirements.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow is one of the world's largest producers of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is one of the leading producers of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Dow's polyurethane products enhance a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, furniture, bedding, appliance, decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business provides key ingredients, systems and solutions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. The business has an ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical consumer needs.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

Source: Dow

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