Dow Automotive Systems Receives Prestigious Recognition for SPECFLEX Activ Additive Polyols

European polyurethanes industry honors achievements in breakthrough low emission technology for polyurethane foams

Auburn Hills, Michigan - April 08, 2014

Dow Automotive recognized by EUROPUR for SPECFLEX™ Activ in Brussels in June 2016 Pictured from Left to Right: Stefano Grassini, Klaus Rudert, Esther Quintanilla, Adrian Birch all from Dow Automotive and Simon Robinson from Urethanes Technology International

Dow Automotive Systems has been recognized for the innovative development of SPECFLEX™ Activ additive polyols for polyurethane foam on the 50th anniversary of EUROPUR, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Manufacturers. The event was organized in cooperation with the polyurethanes trade media “Urethanes Technology International,” published by Crain Communications.

Dow Automotive was honored as runner-up in the award ceremony in Brussels ( and recognized for the development and commercialization of polyurethane foam additives that reduce or even eliminate the need for amine catalysts and increase sustainability benefits. The new polyol family was implemented in cooperation with key customer partners.

SPECFLEX™ Activ enables unique foams with different new properties and processing advantages for tier suppliers (very open TDI foams, crushing ease, excellent flow and mold filling, extremely high over-packing tolerance) including ease of handling. The main OEM advantages are: fully compliant PU foams including physical mechanical properties and aging low emission (VOCs, amines content) and odor as well as density advantages from TDI.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this honor that recognizes hard work by a great team,” said Dr. Esther Quintanilla, EMEA Marketing Manager for interior and under-the-hood applications. “SPECFLEX™ Activ is a great example of the power of innovation at Dow. By leveraging our materials science expertise, the multidisciplinary team delivered a sustainable solution that allows our customers to meet and exceed challenging automotive foam requirements.”

Foams made with SPECFLEX™ Activ can be applied in different vehicle interior applications, including seats and help OEMs and tiers meet continuously tighter requirements on interior vehicle emissions and odor while meeting physical mechanical specifications including aging. More information is available at

About Dow Automotive Systems

Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is a leading global provider of collaborative solutions and advanced materials for original equipment manufacturers, tier suppliers, aftermarket customers and commercial transportation manufacturers. Our materials focus includes structural, elastic and rubber-to-substrate adhesive solutions; polyurethane foams and acoustical management solutions; films; fluids; and innovative composite technologies. Offices and application development centers are located around the world to ensure regionalized technical, engineering and commercial support for customers and industry groups. For additional information, visit

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