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Dow Brazil Announces New Technology Center in Jundiai

Published on 2010-11-30. Author : SpecialChem

SAO PAULO --Dow Brazil, global giant in the chemical and plastics sectors with operations in Brazil since 1956, announced at FEIPLAR COMPOSITES & FEIPUR - International Trade Show and Congresses of Composites, Polyurethanes and Engineering Plastics - the Technology and Market Development Center for Polyurethanes and Formulated Systems in the city of Jundiai, countryside of São Paulo.

With investments of US$ 2 million and official opening scheduled for January 2011, the lab extends over a 1,200 square meter area and will provide a number of services, including chemical and physical chemical analyses; equipment to simulate production of a wide range of PU applications; characterization of physical properties and preparation of samples to customers.

"The new Technology Center will be focused on the development of customized polyurethane solutions and formulations for our customers. In addition to state-of-the-art machinery, the center will count on a technical team of skilled professionals engaged in market and technological trends," states Marco Fay, director of Formulated Systems for Dow Brazil. "It is important to highlight that the center will be able to simulate the production of foams, a process to be followed up by Dow's customers with a view to expediting the development of new solutions," Fay adds.

Dow has Technology Centers for Polyurethanes and Formulated Systems in other geographies, such as the United States, Europe and Asia. The integration of these centers will be a major distinguishing feature since it allows Dow to promptly access new technologies and trends and make them available in the market. Such global alignment, coupled with the vast knowledge of Dow's customers and technical team, will be the major driving force for the development of innovative solutions for the Brazilian and Latin American markets.

The new lab will utilize all knowledge acquired in the Company's global Technology Centers, which is what provides the facility the title of one of the most modern and well-equipped Latin American labs. "The meeting of our customers' needs was the main reason that led us to create and develop our lab," concludes Marcelo Fiszner, leader of Research & Development of Performance Products for Dow Latin America.

Some of the distinguishing features offered by the Technology and Market Development Center are:

  • preparing of prepolymers;
  • formulation line for the manufacturing of flexible foams;
  • development and preparing of prototypes;
  • assessment and characterization of physical properties.

Dow launches new polyurethane foam at Feipur

Also at Feipur, Dow Brazil launched the Fresh Comfort, a latex polyurethane foam that provides high comfort, freshness and a higher durability compared to conventional latex foams.

The foam was launched during the technical lecture delivered by Rogério Baixo, research & development technician for the Polyurethane Business in Brazil. Under the topic "Innovation, comfort and freshness in high resilience flexible foams," Rogério presented the new specialty for flexible foams, with properties similar to those of conventional latex foams and that offer the same velvet touch and excellent air circulation.

Paulo Altoé and André Fernandes, product technology manager and commercial technical representative for Dow Brazil, respectively, talked about the "New generation of foams for thermal insulation with environmentally friendly expanders." They introduced the new generation of polyurethane systems combined with expanders that do not affect the ozone layer and that cause no direct impact on global warming.

Finally, Rodnei Abe, technical sales representative specialist in insulation products for energy efficiency market in South America, presented a study about "Enhanced polyisocyanurate foams for metal-faced panels." The lecture addressed some resources involved in the structure-property relation that is a characteristic of the polyisocyanurate sandwich technology, including its fire resistance, in addition to introducing a family of polyisocyanurate foam systems commercialized under the VORATHERM™ brand, a line of products that meets customers' specific needs in terms of foam's physical properties, processability and flame retardancy by working with diverse expanders.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow is the largest global producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG) and polyester polyols, and a major producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI and TDI, which are essential components of the polyester polyols. The polyurethane products and polyurethane systems entirely formulated by Dow have a varied range of applications, from civil construction, auto industry, devices, furniture, beds, and footwear soles to decoration and sports equipment, among others. The Company manufacturers and commercializes polyurethane products and systems used in the conception of rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesive, sealants, coatings, elastomers, and binders. Dow also makes available the VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ system, which is the most advanced polyol system, example of Dow's continuous leadership in the supply of high performance products.

Dow Formulated Systems

A global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) is a global industry leader in the development and formulation of fully-formulated polyurethane and epoxy systems, focused on providing its customers worldwide with innovative tailor-made solutions through its Alternative Energy & Composites, Energy Efficiency, Industrial Castings and Adhesives, Infrastructure Life Preservation, and Leisure & Lifestyle and businesses. Dow Formulated Systems manufactures and markets custom formulated rigid and semi-rigid, flexible, integral skin, and microcellular polyurethane foams and fully-formulated systems as well as coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and binders used in applications ranging from residential and commercial construction, infrastructure repair, wind energy solutions, oil and gas, automotive, appliance, furniture, and shoe soles to decorative molding and athletic equipment. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Formulated Systems operates a global network of 30 Systems Houses.

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 delivers 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.

Source: Dow

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