Dow Launches New NORDEL™ EPDM Products Made with Industry-Leading Advanced Molecular Catalyst Technology to Address Trends in TransportationMidland, Mich - October 09, 2017 -
Dow Elastomers, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science (NYSE: DWDP) to be named Dow, introduced three new NORDEL™ EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer) products that enable automotive part manufacturers and brand owners to make higher performing weatherstrip parts, and meet consumer demands and market trends for lightweighting, safety and aesthetics. These products will be manufactured using first-of-its-kind advanced molecular catalyst technology at Dow’s new next generation NORDEL EPDM production unit, located in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
"The extra fast cure (XFC) grades of NORDEL EPDM will pave the way for OEMs to create high-quality dynamic and static automotive weatherstrip products more efficiently so brand owners can meet increasing consumer and regulatory demands for lightweight, fuel-efficient cars with dampened vibrations, isolated road noise and appealing aesthetics,” said Dave Mitchell, global marketing director for Dow Elastomers.
Improving Weatherstrip Performance to Meet Market Trends
The next generation NORDEL™ EPDM facility will produce a comprehensive portfolio of NORDEL™ EPDM products, including the new extra fast cure (XFC) grades that enable manufacturers to challenge the limits of part quality and design, extrusion and injection molding throughput, and ultimate physical properties in thermoset rubber compounds.
Used in automotive sealing applications for car doors, glass and window, trunk and hood seals, new NORDEL EPDM XFC products are extremely high-quality, low gel polymers that provide the optimum balance of surface sealing and aesthetics, part strength, and improved elastic and compressive properties to enable weatherstrip that:
- Deliver high-end surface finish by providing overall improvement in surface quality, and meet consumer demands for cars with pleasing aesthetics and long lifetime appearance
- Meet or exceed requirements to dampen vibrations, isolate road noise and prevent wear of and contact with other metal and plastic components
- Meet NHTSA CAFE 2022-2025 targets for fuel efficiency by reducing weight of the weatherstrip by up to 15 percent
The NORDEL EPDM XFC grades mix and cure rapidly, process faster and deliver high filler acceptance, while allowing the manufacturer the flexibility to focus on design rather than the quality or performance of the raw material.
The three new next generation NORDEL EPDM grades include:
- NORDEL™ 6555 OE for class A manufacturing of sponge weatherstrip profiles
- NORDEL™ 6565 XFC EPDM for class A manufacturing of dense/microdense weatherstrip profiles
- NORDEL™ 6530 XFC for class A manufacturing of corner injection molds
Leading the Way with Advanced EPDM Technology
The new NORDEL™ EPDM XFC products will be manufactured at the next generation NORDEL production facility, a key part of Dow’s U.S. Gulf Coast investments. The facility will use Dow’s new advanced molecular catalyst technology, which exceeds capabilities of current catalyst technologies, delivering performance attributes, such as ultra-high efficiency, broad molecular weight and increased filler acceptance. The first-of-its-kind catalyst technology also delivers industry-leading sustainability benefits, when compared to traditional Ziegler Natta EPDM technology:
- 20-25 percent reduction in overall energy use, and an almost 40% reduction in CO2 emissions1
- On average 50 percent improvement in overall environmental impact across categories, including smog (45%) and ozone depletion (70%)1
“Dow’s advanced molecular catalyst technology and manufacturing process are leading benchmarks for production efficiency, energy efficiency and sustainable supply,” said Bob Gowell, global R&D director for Dow Elastomers. “This catalyst technology enables new innovations in polymer structures like the extra fast cure (XFC) NORDEL™ EPDM products and will ensure that we are delivering on our commitment to our customers’ growth, helping them to meet growing and evolving industry and sustainability trends.”1 Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) data is based on tests conducted by Dow and reviewed by a third party. Dow’s LCA report is available upon request.
About Dow Elastomers
Dow Elastomers, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science (NYSE: DWDP) to be named Dow, is the world’s leading producer of polyolefin elastomers, with the industry’s broadest product portfolio, and more than 40 years of experience in a variety of applications and market segments including transportation, packaging, building and construction, infrastructure and consumer goods, among others. Dow Elastomers is the only producer with world-scale trains on three continents, possessing unparalleled manufacturing, application development and market research capabilities around the world.
The business is also further investing for innovation and growth, to support customers’ needs and address market challenges globally, primarily through new world-scale trains in Saudi Arabia, as part of Dow’s joint venture, Sadara Chemical Company, as well as in the U.S. Gulf Coast, where Dow Elastomers is leveraging the company’s comprehensive investment plan to serve its downstream businesses through increased ethylene and propylene production in the U.S. Gulf Coast and to connect the Company's U.S. operations into feedstock opportunities from increasing supplies of shale gas.
About DowDuPont Materials Science Division
DowDuPont Materials Science, a business division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), combines more than 200 years of science and technology knowledge to passionately develop what is essential to human progress. The division drives innovation that extracts value from the strongest and broadest chemistry and polymers toolkit in the industry to help address many of the world's most challenging problems.
DowDuPont Materials Science’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth end-markets such as packaging, transportation, infrastructure, and consumer care. DowDuPont intends to separate the Materials Science division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at www.dow-dupont.com.
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