NPE2012, ORLANDO - April 02, 2012
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Cloeren Incorporated announced today that Cloeren’s innovative NanoLayer Feedblock technology is being commissioned in Dow’s Film Application Development Center (FADC). With the inclusion of this pioneering technology, Dow’s customers can now fabricate and test packaging applications with enhanced barrier performance, film toughness, film modulus, film formability, and film optics.
For use in applications including flex-crack resistant barrier film, optical film, stretch film, and high barrier food packaging film, the Cloeren NanoLayer Feedblock offers Dow customers using the FADC one of the most sophisticated and versatile systems available to today’s global extrusion industry. The Dow FADC helps advance the innovation and development of packaging applications globally and, as an added part of the FADC’s Davis-Standard pilot scale co-extrusion cast line, this newly installed equipment enables customers to fabricate films with as many as 100 layers.
"Dow and Cloeren’s history of Feedblock co-extrusion innovation provided a solid foundation to continue ushering in advancements for high layer co-extruded films," said Peter Cloeren CEO of Cloeren Incorporated. "The addition of Cloeren’s NanoLayer Feedblock technology to Dow’s FADC is a great way to continue pushing the envelope in driving next generation packaging applications."
Dow’s FADC is a state of the art lab that offers customers and others in the value chain the opportunity to conceptualize, fabricate, test, and validate the latest in film packaging applications without the cost and downtime associated with utilizing their own production facilities. Now with the NanoLayer Feedblock, Dow’s FADC furthers this dedication of working with customers to develop better packaging while also gaining an increased understanding of the microlayer process and performance advantages of using Feedblock technology.
"Since 2009 customers have utilized the robust technology and excellent resources offered in the FADC to achieve high-quality results for their latest packaging developments," said Jill Martin, Senior Research Scientist at Dow. "Working with Cloeren to offer the NanoLayer Feedblock technology is another way Dow continues to reflect our commitment to bringing the latest advancements to our customers via this technology-rich facility."
Dow is a leading global supplier of essential and performance plastics, with highly productive and scalable operations feeding channels to market in almost 100 countries. It is the leading producer of polyethylene, the world’s most commonly used plastic.
Dow is the world’s largest materials supplier to the $500 billion global packaging industry. Dow offers one of the widest arrays of resins, film substrates and other materials for developing tomorrow’s sustainable packaging solutions today to help converters meet consumer demand. Key product and technology segments in Dow Performance Packaging include structural and abuse resins, sealants/peelable seals, tie layers and adhesives, barrier resins, and specialty films.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified 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 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 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.
About Cloeren Incorporated
For over 30 years, family owned Cloeren Incorporated has been the leading global innovator in Feedblock and Extrusion Die process technology. A global company, Cloeren designs and manufactures customized Coextrusion and NanoLayer Feedblocks, Single and Multi-Manifold Dies and process related auxiliary equipment. Customers who invest in Cloeren Incorporated’s products enjoy comprehensive technical support from a team of experienced professionals. More information can be found at www.cloeren.com.
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