Dow Launches New RO Product Line for Unique Industrial Application Needs

Helps solve challenges in chemical, sugar, mining, oil and gas, power and dairy markets

EDINA, Minn. - September 21, 2016 - Industries requiring dependable and effective liquid separation under extreme conditions such as high-temperature, ultra-high pressure, and extra-wide spacer filtration now have new solutions. Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), has introduced a new product series, DOW™ Specialty Membrane Elements. The series provides a reliable, consistent and affordable technology under such punishing operational challenges and intense conditions.

The industry demand to operate less resource intensely in order to meet environmental as well as economical requirements calls for new solutions. These solutions are most needed in markets where highly harmful or highly valuable compounds are being processed and ultimately, being separated. Very often these separation processes take place under demanding conditions, requiring specialized technology.

“The DOW™ Specialty Membrane Elements complement our Dow reverse osmosis and nanofiltration portfolio well, helping us meet more unique challenges in the chemical, sugar, mining, oil and gas, power and dairy markets,” said Yochai Gafni, Dow Water & Process Solutions RO business unit director, “The product series can also provide a comprehensive solution together with other Dow technologies such as ultrafiltration, ion exchange resins, and brackish water or seawater reverse osmosis. These specialty membranes help you maximize recovery and separation of valuable compounds, reduce environmental footprint, minimize operational costs and meet regulatory requirements.”

Andi Gorenflo, Dow Water & Process Solutions RO business development leader, adds, “Our new DOW Specialty Membrane product series allows customers to operate spiral wound RO and NF under extreme conditions, far beyond the limits of standard elements. This series is a continuation of the RO and NF success story into new applications for a variety of industries.”

The DOW™ Specialty Membrane RO and NF Element series includes:

  • Ultra-high pressure RO elements for industrial process and waste water: operates at 1,740 psi (120 bar) and increases overall efficiency of minimal liquid discharge (MLD) and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) operations while helping to reduce the size of downstream conventional treatment processes by up to 50%.
  • High-temperature RO elements for various industrial streams, including sugar: operate at elevated temperatures of up to 80°C, and the DOW HYPERSHELL™ technology increases cleaning efficiency, reducing CIP chemicals and water usage compared to standard mesh wrap elements.
  • High-temperature NF elements for various industrial streams: separate sulfate or large organic molecules efficiently at elevated temperatures of up to 70°C, helping to reduce heat exchanger capacity and to save energy.
  • Extra-wide feed spacer NF elements for demineralization of high, viscose liquids: achieve higher recovery due to the extra-wide feed spacer and the DOW HYPERSHELL™ technology saves energy by up to 60% less bypass, and increases cleaning efficiency compared to standard mesh-wrap elements.

About Dow Water & Process Solutions
The global leader in sustainable separation and purification technology, Dow Water & Process Solutions is making real progress in the world. We’re helping to make water safer and more accessible, food taste better, pharmaceuticals more effective and industries more efficient and spearheading the development of sustainable technologies that integrate water and energy requirements. Dow Water & Process Solutions offers a broad portfolio of ion exchange resins, reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes, particle filters and electrodeionization products, with strong positions in a number of major application areas, including industrial and municipal water, industrial processes, pharmaceuticals, power, oil and gas, residential water and waste and water reuse. Follow Dow Water & Process Solutions on Twitter and LinkedIn, and visit our website for more information

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, 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 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. On June 1, 2016, Dow became the 100 percent owner of Dow Corning Corporation’s silicones business, a global company with sales of greater than $4.5 billion in 2015, 25 manufacturing sites in 9 countries and approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. References to \"Dow\" or the \"Company\" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

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