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Dow to Highlight Environmentally Advanced Low and Ultra Low Formaldehyde Nonwoven Binders at IDEA 2010

Published on 2010-04-12. Author : SpecialChem

PHILADELPHIA --As the IDEA 2010 International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo approaches, The Dow Chemical Company's Adhesives and Functional Polymers business anticipates discussions about sustainability, performance and reliable global supply to be top-of-mind as attendees evaluate binder solutions for nonwoven applications. "We know the industry is seeking environmentally advanced binders that offer good performance and also enable producers to meet designations like the OEKO-TEX® Standard100*," says Mark Smith, Dow Global Market Manager, adding that reliable service also is becoming increasingly important to this dynamic industry. "Our products, such as those in our acrylic-based Rhoplex™ brand, answer current and emerging needs for a multitude of applications across the entire nonwoven industry."

Representatives from a number of Dow businesses, including Basic Plastics and Elastomers, in addition to Adhesives and Functional Polymers, will showcase the company's offerings from April 27th through 29th at IDEA 2010 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

A highlight of Dow's show presence will be the company's increasingly popular, innovative low and ultra low formaldehyde binder technology and APE-free surfactant choices. The need for low and ultra low residual formaldehyde levels in end products is becoming increasingly important in the textile and nonwoven industries. Since OEKOTEX 100 is the most broadly used industry-developed quality standard for such levels, Dow specifically developed new binders that help its customers meet the standard's requirements. "Our products help enable customers to pass tough regulations around the world without sacrificing excellent performance," notes Pierre Blaix, Dow Global Commercial Director. "Together, we build tomorrow's nonwovens today. Our customers offer the very latest innovations to their own customers; everybody wins now and simultaneously sets the stage for future success in this very competitive industry." Like Dow's traditional binder options, their environmentally advanced polymers offer additional features such as good durability against processes like washing and dry cleaning, low odor, excellent light resistance, suitability for skin sensitivity or open wound uses and many other features depending on the particular binder.

Dow strengthened its textile and nonwoven portfolio through its acquisition of Rohm and Haas in 2009. The combined strength of the two companies produced superb global supply capabilities and technical service. "Like many industries, nonwoven and textile producers are becoming more and more global making reliable global supply and technical service more important than ever," Blaix remarks. Dow binder options are available worldwide with consistent formulation, steady supply and timely delivery. Dow's technical service is available at customer sites and also offers exhaustive analytical, testing, toxicology, formulation and applications services at its own facilities. "For example, we can develop binders that meet specific parameters such as certain emission standards or a desired line speed," explains Michele Mlynar, Technical Service Manager, North America. "Our in-house capabilities allow customers to generate data, test new processes and try new products without affecting their current processes and capacity."

Backed by more than 50 years of experience and innovation in the field, Dow is a leading global binder supplier for disposable, medical, durable, highloft and industrial nonwoven and textile applications. Customers depend on Dow binders for a vast array of nonwoven applications like disposable wipes, medical tapes and drapes, apparel interlinings and outdoor furniture cushions.

* For companies in the textile and clothing industry, the Oeko-Tex® criteria catalogue provides for the very first time a uniform, scientifically founded evaluation standard for the human ecological safety of textiles, against the background of the globalized and extremely fragmented nature of the textile manufacturing chain.

About Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers

Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers serves the needs of the flexible packaging market with a wide range of laminate and adhesive technology products. The business also makes adhesives for tapes and labels, as well as technology for textile and nonwoven applications, graphic imaging and leather. Together these businesses offer an integrated technology platform with formulation capabilities and a capacity to serve regionally tailored needs around the world. Dow Adhesives and Functional Polymers generates $1B of revenue while operating a network of over 40 Technical, R&D and Manufacturing sites to serve local customer needs globally.

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.

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Source: Dow Chemical Company


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