New PASCAL™ PRO Technology from Dow implemented for the First Time with a Retrofit Kit for Discontinuous Panels Production

Combining custom tailored formulations and retrofitted vacuum-assisted injection equipment to help discontinuous panels manufacturers for cold storage rooms achieve a step-change in productivity and foam performance

Horgen, Switzerland - April 13, 2015

For the first time, PASCALTM PRO polyurethane systems from The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) have been successfully implemented on a vacuum- retrofit kit delivering optimized discontinuous production of sandwich panels. Dow introduced its new solution at COSMA IMPIANTI, a leading Italian cold storage room manufacturer. PASCALTM PRO polyurethane systems from Dow are specifically developed for production with injection-under-reduced-pressure equipment and have demonstrated to increase productivity, reduce applied density, improve the thermal insulation and achieve optimal foam properties.

Visit Dow’s stand 2230 at UTECH Europe 2015 in Maastricht from April 14 to 16 to learn how this technology can benefit you.

A special business relationship

“Collaboration between Cosma Impianti and Dow dates back 15 years,” comments Girolamo Cosma, owner and founder of Cosma Impianti. “This continuous and stimulating partnership has brought to market new fabrication and process technologies featuring breakthrough productivity and quality improvements in cold storage panels.”

Step-change Processing and Performance Improvements

“This new application of PASCAL™ PRO Technology from Dow has been implemented on an existing discontinuous press retrofitted for vacuum-assisted injection,” further explains Alberto Mercati, EMEAI Associate Marketing Director for Energy Efficiency at Dow Polyurethanes. “An immediate step-change improvement has been achieved in terms of faster demolding times, lower applied density and enhanced panel quality, with minimal investments. We have partnered with Cosma Group to validate and industrialize the new technology, combining PASCAL™ PRO high-performing and state-of-the-art polyurethane systems with injection-under-reduced-pressure retrofitted equipment.”

Alberto Mercati concludes: “PASCALTM PRO has the potential to become a new industry standard, allowing a wide range of discontinuous panels producers to retrofit existing equipment for vacuum-assisted injection and to achieve new productivity levels with current and new blowing agents.”

New PASCAL™ PRO Technology from Dow implemented for the First Time with a Retrofit Kit for Discontinuous Panels Production

Building on Dow’s leadership in the field of energy efficient solutions, the new PASCAL™ PRO technology delivers key features to discontinuous panels producers (DCP) for cold chain and construction industries:

• up to 40% faster demolding time,

• up to 10% lower applied density

• up to 5% improvement in thermal insulation.

The PASCALTM PRO concept is based on the well-known and successful Dow PASCALTM technology that uses the vacuum-assisted-injection process (VAI) in domestic appliances and has transferred the innovative concept to the professional arena of discontinuous panels.

The new technology has been tested with a wide range of blowing agents, including hydrofluoro-carbons (HFC) and low global warming potential (GWP) hydrocarbons, water blown and hydrofluoro-olefins (HFO) that allow a cost-competitive transition from hydrochloro-fluoro-carbons (HCFC) to more sustainable solution as mandated by International protocols.

About Dow Polyurethanes

Dow Polyurethanes develops and delivers a broad portfolio of performance products and tailor-made solutions to customers in a variety of industries and applications ranging from energy-efficient residential and commercial construction, industrial solutions, infrastructure repair, to consumer comfort solutions in flooring, furniture, and footwear. The business provides key ingredients, fully-formulated systems and solutions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. Dow is one of the world's largest producers 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, 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. For more information, visit www.dowpolyurethanes.com Follow Dow Polyurethanes on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube or subscribe to our News Release RSS Feed.

New PASCAL™ PRO Technology from Dow Delivers Breakthrough Insulation Performance in Discontinuous Panel Production for Cold Storage Rooms

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 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. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 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.

Uta Ünal
Business Communications EMEAI
Dow Polyurethanes + 41 44 728 21 11
uuenal@dow.com