American Coatings Award

Honored paper presents new waterborne alkyd chemistry offerings for environmentally-friendly coatings with excellent performance

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - April 11, 2016 -

Today, The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) won the prestigious American Coatings AWARD for sharing one of the most outstanding technical presentation at the American Coatings CONFERENCE 2016. The award-winning technical paper details the development of new alkyd chemistry offerings to help solve the industry challenge of developing environmentally-friendly alkyd-based paints and coatings that can resist corrosion, adhere well and remain glossy. Erin Vogel, Ph.D., research scientist for industrial coatings at Dow Coating Materials, a business unit of Dow, accepted the award from the American Coatings Association (ACA) and partner Vincentz Network during the conference’s plenary session.

“It is such an honor to gain industry recognition for our work in advancing the performance and sustainability of paints and coatings,” said Vogel. “Our goal is to close the performance gap between reliable solventborne alkyd coatings that can emit hazardous chemicals and environmentally-friendly waterborne versions. Less than 10% of the overall alkyd coatings market is waterborne, so we’re confident that the availability of these new offerings will help encourage a market shift toward using alkyd coatings with improved environmental profiles.”

Market trends have favored solventborne alkyds, particularly for use in industrial coatings, due to properties such as fast hardness development, high gloss, excellent adhesion and overall corrosion protection. Despite these performance benefits, solventborne alkyd coatings contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that enter the air as coatings dry. In contrast, waterborne alkyd coatings have low- and near-zero VOC capabilities, but developing waterborne alkyd chemistries that perform well has remained challenging because traditional alkyds do not mix with water.

To overcome this challenge, Dow’s proprietary process mechanically disperses alkyds into water to develop stable waterborne alkyd dispersions. These dispersions can be formulated into ultra-low VOC alkyd coatings that can match or exceed the performance of solventborne formulations and display excellent gloss, adhesion and corrosion resistance properties. 

About Dow Coating Materials

Dow Coating Materials is the most innovative coatings raw material supplier in the world; driving fundamental shifts in the coatings industry and moving the market as the expert’s expert in coatings solutions. Through its mission of collaboration, inspiration, innovation and growth, the business provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 13 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business. 

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 $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.

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