Dow Collaborates with Vending Machine Manufacturer to Refresh Sustainability of Refrigerated Beverage Machines

Midland, MI - June 20, 2018 -

As a trusted supplier to high-quality vending machine manufacturers for over 25 years, The Dow Chemical Company created a brand new low-global-warming-potential polyurethane foam insulation solution that also delivers weight reduction and improves thermal insulation. The insulation will help a cold-drink vending machine manufacturer meet the more stringent ENERGY STAR® version 4.0 with a solution that will be compliant with global blowing agent regulations.

The custom formulated polyurethane insulation solution’s excellent mechanical properties, good flow, and superior curing profile delivered a 15 percent weight reduction and 10 percent thermal insulation improvement over the incumbent low-global-warming-potential system, helping ensure the cold-drink vending machines meet the qualifications for ENERGY STAR version 4.0. Compared to competitive solutions using hydrofluorocarbon foam blowing agents, Dow's solution delivers the same or better performance with a global warming potential 99.9 percent lower, providing a more sustainable solution that will be compliant with upcoming global regulations on foam blowing agents.

“We know how challenging it can be for companies and brand owners to keep up with U.S. Department of Energy standards, SNAP regulations, and end-user requirements,” said Robert York, market manager for Dow Polyurethanes. “Dow is fully committed to staying ahead of these changes, and bringing more sustainable, SNAP compliant formulations to the marketplace for our customers.”

Polyurethane rigid foam is one of the best insulation materials available to help achieve energy efficiency targets, reduce costs and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. For companies and brand owners impacted by SNAP regulations, Dow has developed polyurethane-based solutions that will fully comply with all applicable regulations once they become law.

With decades of technical experience, Dow is proud to offer solutions to meet the specific needs of each customer and help manufacturers meet increasingly demanding energy standards in the commercial appliance industry.

For editorial information:

J.D. Sterba
Dow Polyurethanes and CAV
+1 989 636 5936

Leah Sailovic
G&S Business Communications
+1 212 697 2600 ext. 2134