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Dow Technology in lightweight composite manhole covers

News International-French

12 Nov 2012

Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company announces KIO™ composite manhole covers. KIO™ composite brings new opportunities to the market with innovative Dow technology that offers significant advantages over traditional cast iron alternatives. In addition to helping governments and communities worldwide meet their sustainability target, composite manhole covers address weight, noise and theft issues that can result in safety liabilities.

KIO™ is a remarkable innovation that came as a result of a two-year development between Dow and Industrie Polieco MPB. The KIO™ composite patented solution features VORAFORCE™ fast cure LFI Polyurethane Systems from Dow, Dow’s latest composite technology that is lightweight, yet can carry a heavy load. KIO™ is approved according to EN 124 standard and has achieved TUV certification. It also offers a fast curing speed that is critical to addressing manufacturing demands.



 When compared to traditional cast iron alternatives, KIO™ composite manhole covers help to secure roads worldwide with the solidity and hardness of cast iron at 70% less weight, magnetic insulation, noise reduction, innate resistance to corrosion and 13% – 48% lower CO2 emissions*. Additionally, the increasing value of scrap iron has led to the theft of traditional cast iron manhole covers, which compromises public safety and brings added expense for local authorities and service companies. Luigi Tonelli, Chairman of Industrie Polieco, said, “We believe KIO™ will set the new industry standard for manhole covers in civil and industrial infrastructure, thanks to its quality and advantages.” KIO™ composite can also be customized.


Francesca Pignagnoli, EMEA Industrial Composites Market Manager for Dow said, “KIO™ is one brilliant example of what can be done. Polyurethane systems, with their features and versatility, are still far from demonstrating their full potential contribution in composite products. Dow and Polieco are continuing their work to bring further opportunities and expand the range of KIO™ into new grades and products.”


About Industrie Polieco MPB:
Industrie Polieco-Mpb srl, headquarters of POLIECO GROUP, has designed and produced double wall corrugated pipes systems, using high density polyethylenes since 1992, and since 1995, produces Ecopal correguated pipes for sewage and drainage systems. They have always worked to be leaders in the market, to innovate and to complete their products portfolio to better serve it, which is why on top of highly automating the pipe production, they also design and produce pipe fittings, custom-made special pieces and now polyurethane composite manholes, using a moulding technique. In March 2012, Industrie Polieco started industrial scale production and launched the KIO™ composite manhole cover. POLIECO GROUP has 8 production plants in 6 different nations (Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Slovak Republic and Switzerland) and has 600 employees. POLIECO GROUP is the 1st group in Europe producing corrugated pipe systems in high density polyethylene (HDPE).


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 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 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.


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