Dow to introduce Active Comfort nonwovens solutions at INDEX17

Game-changing ASPUN™ MB Meltblown Fiber Resins and POUCHUG™ sensory packaging technology address today's quest for softer, cloth-like nonwoven materials

Horgen, Switzerland - April 03, 2017 - Exhibiting at INDEX17, the world’s leading nonwovens exhibition taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4th-7th April, the Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics business of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) will present its brand new ASPUN™ MB Meltblown Fiber Resins and POUCHUG™ sensory packaging technology providing converters and brand owners unparalleled choices for improved comfort and softness in nonwoven applications. Dow will showcase its innovations and broad portfolio of resins and adhesives through “Active Comfort”, demonstrating how its nonwoven solutions help improve the well-being of consumers through reliable protection, discreetness and maximum comfort for inclusive and active lifestyles.

ASPUN™ MB Meltblown Fiber Resins address the difficult challenges of increasing softness and comfort while maintaining strength, durability, and processing efficiency in fabrics such as bico-SMS nonwovens. As a result, this new, patent-pending family of polyethylene (PE) resins produced using INSITE™ Technology from Dow is an ideal solution for nonwovens in infant diapers, adult incontinence products, medical drapes and garments, and filtration products.

“The quest for softer, more cloth-like nonwoven materials is a key driver in the ongoing development of health and hygiene products that combine comfortable fit, outstanding performance, and efficient processing,” comments Greg Bunker, senior global marketing director of Dow Health and Hygiene. “With ASPUN™ MB Meltblown Fiber Resins we are offering customers and brand owners something really different, an exclusive option for softer nonwovens.”

In nonwoven packaging applications, POUCHUG™ sensory packaging technology from Dow enables the replacement of the external layer of a laminate with a soft, cloth-like nonwoven substrate to elevate packaging to a new level. Developed using Dow’s Pack Studio capabilities, POUCHUG™ offers on-the-shelf differentiation opportunities and an overall enhanced consumer experience.

“Dow customers and brand owners visiting our stand at INDEX17 will have the opportunity to experience our Active Comfort solutions through numerous product prototypes made with Dow’s latest technologies,” comments Abby Turner, EMEA Marketing Manager, Health and Hygiene. “We will also showcase how we are driving innovation through successful value chain collaborations, and dedicated interactive spaces will introduce visitors to Dow’s comprehensive portfolio of resins and adhesives for infant and adult hygiene applications, and much more.”

Visitors will also appreciate stylish and creative garments created by young designers from the Fashion and Arts School at Southampton Solent University (UK) made with nonwoven fibers using Dow materials and demonstrating softness, comfort and elasticity.


Expanding Hygiene and Medical Capabilities
As part of Dow’s continuous effort to provide the best tools to help customers accelerate innovation, Dow is also announcing at INDEX the addition of a new Hills Inc. fiber line at the Pack Studios facility in Freeport, Texas. By enabling close collaboration between converters, material science professionals from Dow, and equipment specialists from Hills, this state-of-the-art fiber line allows Dow customers to screen new solutions and prove concept of work with a set of tools that will help continue innovating fiber solutions for hygiene, filtration, and other nonwoven applications.


Product Presentations at INDEX17
On Wednesday 5th April, Dow will hold two presentations at the INDEX17 Exhibitor Product Presentations (Auditorium, Hall1). Dow professionals will introduce solutions addressing sustainability, comfort and fit and softness in baby and adult diapers, and present its binding and coating solutions for the nonwoven market, characterized by low and ultra-low formaldehyde contents and residuals.

“By combining a comprehensive portfolio of innovative resins, binding and coating solutions with excellent technical development and market expertise, Dow is the go-to partner to meet the demands of the nonwoven industry,” comments Alberto Lora Lamia, Marketing Manager Adhesives at Dow. “These unique capabilities enable us to deliver tailored, one-stop shop solutions with added functionalities and performance differentiation in many end-use applications.”

Visit www.faceofinnovation.com to learn more about how Dow is bringing innovation to life and in Geneva at INDEX17 in Hall 2, booth 1631.


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 fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. 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 www.dow.com.


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