Dow Wins 2017 Ringier Technology Innovation Award for High-End Data Cable Insulation

SHANGHAI, China - April 06, 2017 - Dow Electrical and Telecommunications (E&T), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), has been awarded the 2017 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the category “Plastics Raw Materials and Additives” for DGDK-6924 NT EXP 1, which will be commercialized under the AXELERON™ product family. This is the first accolade for the product, celebrating Dow’s latest solution in high-end data cable insulation.

Responding to industry requirements

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry has seen radical changes with rising market demands and technological innovations. To accommodate for the larger amount of data required from e-commerce, digital television and internet services, wires and cables today need to accelerate data transfer with better end-user data signal efficiency, lower attenuation and longer thermal ageing life.

Dow E&T understands that the demand for increased speed of data transfer and the reliable connections that come from low signal losses needs to influence wire and cable design for the ICT market. The smart design of DGDK-6924 NT EXP 1 addresses two main issues in the industry. Its high expansion rates of 40 to 70 percent and uniform pore structure enable stable signal transmission and high data transmission speed in high-end LAN/data cables. The compound also provides greater production efficiency at a high line speed of 1,400 m/min.

Award-winning innovation raises industry standards

A representative from the Ringier Award committee elaborated, “DGDK-6924 NT EXP 1 stands out from the competition with its high performance material, raising the standards in the industry by ensuring quality connections and consistent network performance. The market will also benefit from this solution through reduced manufacturing cost of the cables from improved production efficiency.”

The 2017 Ringier Awards feature a total of nine categories with various nominations across Asia Pacific. In the category of “Plastics Raw Materials and Additives”, entries were judged against a stringent set of standards by a panel of experienced judges as well as through online votes casted by the public.

"With more than 40 years of participation in the industry, we have a long history of providing excellent products to drive momentum to meet customers’ needs and expectations. We are encouraged and proud of this accolade, as it serves as a testament of our commitment to provide the market place with accelerated solutions," said Robert Tarimo, telecommunications global strategic marketing manager for Dow Electrical and Telecommunications. “With each innovation, Dow E&T continues to bring to the industry a world-class family of insulation and jacket compounds that are essential for our customers’ success.”

Expanding the AXELERON™ product family

Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T) is creating a foundation for the future by uniting its offering to the telecommunications industry under the Dow AXELERON™ name. The Dow AXELERON™ product family includes the entire portfolio of solid, cellular, and coaxial insulation as well as jacketing compounds for coaxial, copper LAN/twisted pair and fiber optic cables.

For more information, please visit www.dow.com/electrical.

About Ringier Technology Innovation Award
Inaugurated in 2006 by Ringier Trade Media, the Ringier Technology Innovation Awards for industrial manufacturing is one of the most influential industrial awards in China. It is held annually to recognize companies who have made significant contributions in China in the plastics, metalworking, coatings, food & beverage, personal care & cosmetics industries. The purpose of the award is to encourage, acknowledge and reward individuals and companies who have developed new ideas, methodologies, products or technologies to improve the industries with greater energy saving and cost reduction.

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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Jolynn Yeo
Dow Electrical & Telecommunications
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