Support and Sustainability for Bicycles and Cyclists

Dow Polyurethanes has demonstrated its leading position in the two-wheel bicycle saddle industry through an initiative to provide high-performance foam solutions with Cionlli, a regional bicycle saddle customer in Asia. With support and sustainability as two critical elements that today’s flexible foam manufacturers are looking for in both their products and their supplier relationships, Dow Polyurethanes successfully delivered a higher-performing, more durable bicycle saddle which also offers a significantly improved consumer cycling experience.

Bike SeatThe improved performance is enabled by the new technology of Dow Specflex™, which offers better comfort to riders by providing lightweight shock absorption and force reduction properties. In addition, using water as the blowing agent makes the process of foam production more sustainable by helping to reduce energy consumption, emissions and odor. Dow balanced the critical factors of performance, economics and environmental impact to produce a differentiated foam product that exceeded customer expectations.

Co-BrandingWhile applying sustainable solutions to the bicycle saddle industry, Dow, a Worldwide Partner and the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Games, also collaborated with this customer to promote the Olympic spirit for superior performance through adding hangtags to the bicycle saddles to drive awareness of this joint program. Our customer's success is our success with value creation not only for both companies, but also for society.

Dow offers the timely support you need to help achieve your sustainability goals. We understand your challenges, because we have been serving your industry for more than 50 years. And we never stop innovating to help our customers differentiate their products.

Physical Properties

Product Low Molded Density , kg/m3 Compression Set, % Fast Demold Time, min Resilience, % Working ratio at Pol 100/Iso
SPECFLEX™ 1051 Polyol/
SPECFLEX™ 163 Isocyanate
110 5.0 2.5-3 50 35

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 the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences 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.