Dow Integral Skin Solutions Demonstrate Superior Processing and Outstanding Performance Ahead of EPA Deadline

Midland, Michigan - December 07, 2016

With the impending Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) January 1, 2017 deadline prohibiting the use of high-Global Warming Potential (GWP) blowing agents, integral skin manufacturers and brand owners are urged to convert early in order to avoid fines and production delays. The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) is committed to delivering high-performing, customized integral skin foam systems that may lower GWP by up to 99.9 percent while sustaining the comfort level and durability of previous polyurethane systems.

“We have conducted various tests and received extremely positive feedback from our customers in the conversion process to implement the new HFO blowing agents in our integral skin foam formulations,” said Scott Snyder, marketing manager for Dow Polyurethanes. “It’s crucial that our customers convert early to allow time for testing to perfect the new systems.”

Proven Customer Results
Based on customer testing, Dow’s polyurethane solutions, VORALUX™for furniture and SPECFLEX™ for custom molding, deliver enhanced physical properties, including:

  • Superior Processing
    • Best-in-class shelf life, due to excellent system stability equivalent to HFC-245fa blown systems
    • Good compatibility with in-mold coatings, resulting in less scrap
    • Fast demold times allow for increased productivity
  • Outstanding Performance
    • Thicker skin when desired, rivaling HFC-245fa blown systems
    • Increased durability that provides superior quality to the end-use product
    • Excellent part aesthetics

Integral skin foam is used in a number of market applications, including automotive interiors, furniture components, office chairs, household leisure goods and wheelchairs. Dow’s polyurethane integral skin foam systems are ready for qualifications to fully comply with all applicable regulations once they become law on January 1, 2017. Contact a customer service representative toll-free at +1 (800) 441-4369 or  to convert today.

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