Dow Polyurethanes, a business group within The Dow Chemical Co., will highlight its latest technical developments at the upcoming Polyurethanes 2009 Technical Conference (CPI) held Oct. 5 – 7, in National Harbor, Md. Dow will showcase advancements for lowering volatile organic compounds in automotive interior foams, provide an overview of the formulation know-how for specialty foam products used in the bedding market, and talk about optimizing performance of polyisocyanurate foam insulation for building and construction. These and other topics will serve as a canvas for broader discussions of how to improve the sustainability of PU materials, tap new market opportunities, and maintain compliance with increasingly more stringent regulations.
“The global recession has affected the entire chemical industry, and polyurethanes manufacturers and customers have certainly felt the impact,” says Doug Warner, business director for Dow Polyols, a business unit of Dow Polyurethanes. “But as economic stimulus plans are implemented around the world, new opportunities arise for polyurethanes. Strong focus on energy efficiency, eco-friendly manufacturing technologies and infrastructure improvements will drive demand for effective insulation, protective coatings and sustainable foam – products, where polyurethanes play a key role. To ensure our industry thrives, we need to look beyond the current market difficulties and continue to work on how to make PU products even better – in terms of performance, environmental impact and sustainability. CPI is a great opportunity for us to showcase our recent technological advancements and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to this industry.”
Dow will present technical papers in the following categories during the conference:
Session - Automotive 2: Innovations
• “New Polyurethane Foam Technology for Interior Automotive Applications Requiring Low Volatile Organic Compound Emissions,” by Allan James, Dylan Thomas, and Sabrina Fregni (Oct. 6, 3 p.m.)
Session - Construction 1: Building Blocks of the Construction Industry
• “Verdiseal Green Roof Systems,” by Gerhard Mueller and Mark Anater (Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m.)
Session - Construction 2: Insulation for the Building Envelope
• “Optimized Performance of Polyisocyanurate Foam in Steel Faced Double Belt Lamination Building Panels,” by Michael Skowronski (Oct. 6, 4 p.m.)
Session - Flexible Foam
• “Viscoelastic Foams with Improved Performance and Processing Latitude,” by Carola Rosenthal, Imran Munshi, Paul Cookson, and Raquel Fortes; presented by Alfredo Larre and Dale Hunter (Oct. 7, 10 a.m.)
For more information about Dow’s presence at CPI, or to register an attendee, please visit http://www.polyurethane.org.
Dow Chemical Co. is a CP 50 company. To view the Dow Chemical profile, visit: http://www.chemicalprocessing.com/cp50/2008/dow_chemical.html
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