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Dow Coating Materials Focuses on Sustainability Trends in Coatings at OCCA Seminar in Manchester

Published on 2010-03-05. Author : SpecialChem

HORGEN, Switzerland -- Dow Coating Materials will focus on "Coatings Industry Sustainability - Trends, Challenges and Opportunities" at the 9th Annual Oil & Colour Chemists Association (OCCA) Seminar in Manchester, U.K., on March 1 2010. The presentation by Dr. Houshang Kheradmand, European Technology Awareness and Innovation Manager for DCM, co-authored by Dr. Andrew Trapani, European Technical Director for DCM, will focus on identifying sustainability trends and opportunities in the global coatings industry, as well as methodologies for integrating sustainable development criteria across the life cycle of a product. This year's presentation is an in-depth follow-up to the well-received sustainability overview delivered by Dr. Kheradmand last year.

The paper will illustrate how a cross-disciplinary approach to sustainable development involves functions across an entire organisation. Dr. Kheradmand will use examples from Dow Coating Materials to demonstrate how enabling technologies allow paint formulators to create innovative products that combine high performance with increasingly optimised eco-designs.

"Last year's presentation was a more broad-based overview of how globalisation, economics, population and ecological conditions affect all facets of the international coatings industry," said Dr. Kheradmand. "This year, we will share practical examples of how we use key metrics to quantify the overall eco-impact, carbon footprint and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of a product, as well as reductions in energy and raw material consumption."

The 9th Annual Seminar, sponsored by the Manchester Section of OCCA, is an informal, half-day program of technical and general interest lectures open to all coating industry professionals. Founded in 1918, OCCA is a learned society comprising individual, qualified persons employed in, or associated with, the world-wide surface coatings industry.

About Dow Coating Materials:

Dow Coating Materials is the premier supplier of products and technologies to architectural and industrial coatings manufacturers worldwide. Combining the extensive resources of Dow and recently-acquired Rohm and Haas Company, the new business provides formulators a wide range of chemistries and support across many different product lines, including core binder technologies, additives and solvents. Additionally, Dow Coating Materials operates 13 dedicated R&D labs across all major geographies where Dow does business.

About Dow:

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address 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's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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