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Dow presents next-generation advanced composite solutions

News International-French

12 Feb 2013

JEC Europe 2013 - Polyurethane and epoxy systems offering uniquely combined with carbon fiber capabilities provide significant advantage to composites market

Dow Formulated Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), will showcase its most recent developments of composite systems at the JEC Europe 2013 Composites Exhibition in Paris, March 12 – 14. Building on Dow’s leadership in material science, with a unique combination of polyurethane and epoxy chemistry together with the recent DowAksa joint venture for carbon fiber, these solutions enable efficient fabrication of stronger, lightweight and more durable composites in markets, such as construction, infrastructure, wind energy and transportation.

At stand P14 – located by JEC’s main entrance – visitors can look forward to seeing composites in versatile applications using established fabrication processes, such as:

  • Filament Winding: Compress Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) pressure vessels made with VORAFORCE™ TW series epoxy systems.
  • Long Fiber Injection: A new 800 mm diameter, D 400 manhole cover made with VORAFORCE™ KN and an in-mold coated tractor bonnet made with VORAFORCE™ TL.
  • Pultrusion: Seawall and ladder profiles made with the new VORAFORCE™ TP 1200 polyurethane system, offering faster line speeds, toughness and the opportunity for low emission processing.
  • Resin Transfer Molding: Automotive Rear Seat Base produced with VORAFORCE TM 5200 epoxy formulation. The next-generation, fast-cure, VORAFORCE™ 5000 and 7000 series resin formulations, and BETAMATE TM / BETAFORCE TM adhesives for automotive composite applications.
  • Rotational Molding: ROTAKOTE™ P – a new elastomer, designed particularly for wet environments that occur in the paper industry and in higher temperature applications such as in steel manufacturing.
  • Vacuum Infusion: Innovative curved panels for construction made with VORAFORCETM TF epoxy systems and an enhanced epoxy infusion system as well as an innovative adhesive technology addition to the AIRSTONE TM product line for wind blade composites.

Carbon fiber advantage within walking distance:
In addition to the Dow booth, visitors are invited to see the DowAksa booth K45, pavilion 1. This joint venture between Dow and Aksa offers significant advantage to develop, manufacture and globally market carbon fiber and derivatives to support the rapidly expanding carbon-fiber-based composites industry.

According to Francesca Pignagnoli, marketing manager for Dow’s composites group,  “By introducing and developing Dow VORAFORCE TM solutions, we are enabling composite fabricators to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of their products and processes, in order to help them grow their presence and success in the market.”

About Dow Formulated Systems:
Dow Formulated Systems, a global business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), develops and markets fully-formulated polyurethane and epoxy systems. With tailor-made solutions it serves customers in a variety of industries to realize applications ranging from residential and commercial construction, infrastructure repair, and wind energy solutions, 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 and innovation centers.

About Dow:
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 $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.

Booth P14