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Dow Unveils Dow Coatings Materials Following Acquisition of Rohm & Haas

Published on 2009-06-08. Author : SpecialChem

Shanghai, China -- The Dow Chemical Company unveiled the newly-formed Dow Coatings Materials. Combining the technologies and resources of both Dow and recently-acquired Rohm & Haas, the new business is the leading supplier of architectural paints and industrial coatings raw materials in the world.

"As the world's largest and most technologically-advanced developer of raw materials for the coatings industry, our primary focus is to enable the coatings innovations of both today and tomorrow," Luis Fernandez, the new Vice President of Dow Coatings Materials, said. "At the same time, we understand that Dow is not the primary driving force behind innovation in this industry. Our customers, who include the premier formulators of architectural and industrial coatings in the world, understand the current and growing demands of the industry. We are here to make sure they have the raw materials and technology support they need to stay ahead of those demands."

Following the acquisition, Dow Coatings Materials provides a wide range of chemistries and support across many different product lines, including core binder technologies such as latex emulsions (acrylics, vinyl acrylics, styrene acrylics, etc), epoxies and other polymer technologies. Additionally, the business offers a strong portfolio of rheology modifiers, including HASE, HEUR and cellulosic-based products.

The company will also leverage many other product lines within Dow to provide the best possible solution to coating formulators. These include biocides, acrylic monomers, surfactants, polyurethanes, and many others.

This access to diverse products, technologies and expertise across diverse coatings applications will enable Dow Coatings Materials to aggressively research new solutions and work with customers to identify the technologies they need to meet specific industry needs, such as: reducing environmental impact; improving environmental durability (e.g. UV stability, corrosion resistance, dirt pickup resistance); reducing application and life cycle costs; enabling "smart" coating functionality and many others.

"With global R&D centers around the world and access to powerful tools such as High-Throughput Experimentation (HTE) methods, Dow Coatings Materials offers the industry a unique resource unlike any it has ever seen," Fernandez explained. "I am honored to be leading this newly formed global coatings organization."

In addition, the newly-combined business assets of Dow Coatings Materials provides customers access to a significantly enhanced business support network, including production facilities and supply capabilities in every major geography where the company does business.

About Dow

With sales of $58 billion in 2008 and 46,000 employees worldwide, Dow is a diversified chemical company that combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to constantly improve what is essential to human progress. The Company delivers a broad range of products and services to customers in around 160 countries, connecting chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help provide everything from fresh water, food and pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products. On April 1, 2009, Dow acquired Rohm and Haas Company, a global specialty materials company with sales of $10 billion in 2008 and 15,000 employees worldwide. 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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