Snap Compliant Integral Skin Innovation

Midland, Michigan - August 08, 2016 -

The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has launched a new polyurethane integral skin foam that may lower global warming potential (GWP) by up to 99.9 percent while sustaining the comfort level and durability of previous polyurethane systems. Dow’s ComfortScience customized I-Skin solutions formulated with hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) are designed for North American companies and brand owners impacted by the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“We realize that change isn’t easy and the EPA’s blowing agent regulation brings a unique set of technical issues to the industry,” said Doug Todd, marketing director for Dow Polyurethanes. “Dow scientists thrive on challenges like this. For years, we have put our innovation engine to work to develop low GWP solutions and our experts are available to guide companies through smooth and seamless transitions to bring more sustainable solutions to the marketplace.”

Performance Benefits

Dow’s polyurethane solutions, VORALUX™ for furniture and SPECFLEX™ for custom molding, deliver improved mechanical and physical properties, including:

  • Lightweight, flexible and durable foam core, but soft to the touch exterior
  • Good flow and uniform density distribution of the foam
  • Excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates
  • Superior skinning properties
  • Abrasion and chemical resistance
  • Excellent mechanical properties of the foam resulting in outstanding dimensional stability
  • Extended shelf life of the fully formulated system with HFO
  • A curing profile that allows for very competitive de-mold times
  • Additives can be used for flame retardants, UV stability, color and anti-microbial needs

Integral skin foam is used in a number of market applications, including automotive interiors, furniture components, office chairs, household leisure goods and wheelchairs.

The new Dow polyurethane integral skin foam system is ready for qualifications to fully comply with all applicable regulations once they become law in January 2017. Contact a customer service representative toll-free at +1 (800) 441-4369 or to convert today.

About Dow Polyurethanes
Dow Polyurethanes develops and delivers a broad portfolio of technologies and customized solutions to customers in a variety of industries under its DurableScience, ComfortScience and InsulationScience category brands. Applications range from industrial and infrastructure solutions, to consumer comfort solutions in flooring, furniture bedding and footwear, to energy-efficient insulation materials. The business manufactures and sells key chemical components as well as fully-formulated polyurethane systems for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and composites. Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Polyurethanes operates a global network of production sites and systems houses, as well as innovation and service centers. The business has an ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical market needs and contribute to a more comfortable, healthier and resilient society. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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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