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Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems Launches New Dirt Pickup Resistance Technology Platform

Published on 2007-04-25. Author : SpecialChem

Cary, N.C. -- Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, has launched a new technology platform focused on improving dirt pickup resistance in paint and coatings formulations.

"Formulators in every region we serve have expressed a growing need for latexes offering better dirt pickup resistance," said Richard Jenkins, Global Marketing Director of Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems. "We are working closely with our customers in the Americas, Europe and Asia to identify and provide technology that enables them to develop new formulations that better meet the needs of their local markets."

The new technology platform will focus on every aspect of dirt pickup resistance, including exploring new testing protocols, development tools and products.New product research will include multiple latex chemistries, including acrylic, styrene acrylic and vinyl acetate ethylene polymers, giving formulators multiple solutions that address dirt pickup resistance.

"This research will be critical as we develop latex technologies that enable formulators to meet industry demands for products like new low-VOC formulations and more advanced elastomeric coatings," Gerald Vandezande, Global Architectural Coatings Product Development Leader at Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems, explained. "For example, to achieve lower VOC levels, coatings formulators have to use softer latexes that form a film without high levels of coalescing solvent.Elastomeric coatings also require softer latexes.Softer formulations allow dirt to more easily cling to the coating surface and thus are harder to keep clean. New technologies and products are needed to counteract dirt pickup in softer latexes."

Trends in residential and commercial construction are also driving greater need for new answers.According to Vandezande, even traditional latex coatings do not offer the dirt pickup resistance needed in applications where keeping a surface continually clean is either impractical or cost inhibited - such as high-rise buildings and new construction in geographies with higher levels of airborne dust.

"There is a clear need in our industry today for high performance products with enhanced dirt pickup resistance," Vandezande said. "At the same time, new solutions will better prepare us to meet future industry demands without sacrificing product performance."

About Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems

The Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems business manufactures and markets emulsions for architectural and industrial coatings, as well as for building products, textiles, traffic paint and adhesives. UCAR™, NEOCAR™, and EVOCAR™ latexes, and UCAR™ POLYPHOBE™ rheology modifiers can be formulated into a wide variety of products to enhance performance properties. Dow UCAR Emulsion Systems operates nine production facilities globally, including five facilities in North America.

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of innovation, science and technology to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company offers a broad range of products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. Built on a commitment to its principles of sudtainability, Dow has annual sales of $49 billion and employs 43,000 people worldwide. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted.

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