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Dow Introduces INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers

Published on 2006-06-26. Author : SpecialChem

The Dow Chemical Company is introducing INFUSE™ Olefin Block Copolymers (OBC's), a breakthrough in olefin elastomers. The unique block architecture of INFUSE OBCs delivers enhanced performance and processing properties beyond current olefin elastomers, including outstanding high temperature performance, faster set-up in processing (reduced cycle times), improved abrasion resistance, and excellent elasticity and compression set properties at both room and elevated temperatures. INFUSE OBCs were developed using INSITE™ Technology, Dow's proprietary approach to linking the science of catalyst, process and materials to address customer needs. Through this approach, a leading edge catalyst system was developed that allows for control of the molecular architecture required to produce the olefin-block structure in a continuous process. The block structure is the key to delivering the outstanding properties of the INFUSE olefin block copolymer family. These new olefin elastomers will enable a wide range of new application opportunities for converters and manufacturers of flexible goods and products.

"INFUSE Olefin Block Copolymers were developed in response to customer interest in higher performing olefin elastomers," says Kurt Swogger, Global Vice President of Research & Development, Performance Plastics and Chemicals, The Dow Chemical Company. "We have achieved a revolutionary breakthrough by being the first to combine the technology of catalytic block copolymers and linear olefin-based thermoplastics in a continuous process."

"The advantages of INFUSE Olefin Block Copolymers will enable customers to differentiate their products and optimize cost-in-use compared to traditional elastomer materials," said Greg Jozwiak, Global Business Director for Performance Elastomers and Plastomers, The Dow Chemical Company. "INFUSE OBCs further support the trend toward olefin-based specialty elastomers."

INFUSE will enable olefin elastomers to further expand into a wide range of market applications including flexible molded goods, profile extruded products, hoses and tubes, elastic fibers and films, foams, coated fabrics, adhesives and tapes.

Detailed plans concerning manufacturing facilities will be announced at a later date.

About The Plastics Portfolio At Dow

The Dow Chemical Company is a world-leading supplier of innovative plastics solutions, offering customers an exceptionally broad portfolio of products and technologies via a strong global network of local experts focused on partnering for long-term success.

About The Dow Chemical Company

Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of science and technology to improve living daily. The Company offers a broad range of innovative 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 sustainability, Dow has annual sales of $46 billion and employs 42,000 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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Source: Dow


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