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Dow Develops VORAPEL™ Moisture and Chemical Repellant Polyols for High-performance Adhesives

Published on 2013-09-24. Author : SpecialChem

Midland, Mich. -- Protecting pipes and tanks from the effects of water damage can lengthen the lifespan of expensive equipment and extend capital investments. Dow Polyurethanes has created VORAPEL™ Moisture and Chemical Repellant Polyols, a novel new family of hydrophobic polyols for applications that require increased moisture and chemical resistance, including infrastructure, secondary containment, chemical tanks and electronic components.

"VORAPEL Polyols are excellent for products that need an extra hydrophobic boost," said Alan Robinson, Global Marketing Director for Dow Polyurethanes. "VORAPEL Polyols can help extend product lifespan and provide an excellent cost savings for customers by resisting moisture and organic chemicals, as well as extreme high and low temperatures, to withstand environmental elements."

Designed to meet the demand for high-performance, moisture-resistant coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (CASE) polyurethanes, VORAPEL Polyols are low viscosity, clear liquids that can be tailored to a wide range of molecular weight and functionality. VORAPEL Polyols offers the following advantages:

  • Outstanding mechanical performance
  • Resistance to a broad range of chemicals, including organic solvents, hydrocarbon fuels and inorganic acids
  • Low viscosity for processing and storage freedom
  • Broad formulation compatibility with other polyols and chain extenders

The low viscosity and miscibility with multiple families of polyols help contribute to excellent wettability and moisture resistance for coatings and adhesives used in electronic components.

VORAPEL Polyols are a new, innovative class of polyurethanes that provide reliable, quality solutions for a wide range of products, delivering value to customers and pushing the polyurethane industry forward.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Dow's polyurethane products enhance a broad range of applications including construction, automotive, furniture, bedding, appliance, decorative molding, athletic equipment and more. The business provides key ingredients, systems and solutions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. The business has an ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical consumer needs.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology 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 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 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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