Dow and Koehler Win 2017 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
BLUE 4EST™ Thermal Paper powered by ROPAQUE™ Opaque Polymer Offers BPA-Free* Sustainable Imaging Technology
Philadelphia, PA - The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Koehler Paper Group have been named winners of a 2017 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for the development of ROPAQUE™ NT-2900 Opaque Polymer for BLUE 4EST™ Thermal Paper. This innovation is a first of its kind, offering a sustainable thermal paper option free of chemical developers.
Thermal paper is used broadly throughout the world for cash register receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. Current thermal papers use chemical developers such as bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S –materials of growing regulatory and consumer scrutiny around the globe –in their coatings to produce images when heated.
“We are thrilled to be partnered with Koehler to pave the way for this breakthrough technology,” said Bob Gargione, global business director for Dow Functional Coatings. “Our broad portfolio and investments into sustainable coating technologies for thermal, board and other paper applications demonstrate our ongoing commitment to deliver innovative solutions, and this award is a great recognition of these efforts.”
ROPAQUE™ Technology from Dow Coating Materials was introduced in the 1980s as the world’s first hollow sphere pigment technology, designed initially for use in architectural paints as a partial replacement for titanium dioxide, a trusted but often expensive light scattering pigment. Opportunities to leverage the technology outside of traditional house paint applications expanded into the paper industry for use as a glossing agent, and now the technology has found a renewed value in thermal paper coatings. “Collaborating to combine the time-tested performance of ROPAQUE Hollow Sphere Pigment Technology from Dow with our formulation expertise for thermal applications, we knew at the onset of this project many years ago that we would find both an innovative and sustainable solution,” said Dr. Stefan Karrer, COO Koehler Paper Group.
Thermal printing continues to be a highly competitive technology in a market with notable growth potential. Koehler has spent the last 210 years improving paper performance –and is one of the world’s largest suppliers of thermal paper. This latest innovation developed in collaboration with Dow is slated to be available for broad commercial purchase later this year.
Instead of relying on chemical developers to create an image, this new technology relies solely on air voids in the paper coating to develop an image and moreover, is comprised only of materials that are approved for food contact applications. The resulting thermal paper can be used with all existing thermal printers, and unlike conventional thermal paper options, offers permanent and fade resistant images.
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are sponsored by theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other members of the chemical community. The U.S. EPA grants the Award each year to organizations that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use.
*Manufactured without bisphenol A (BPA)
About Koehler Paper Group
Based in Oberkirch, Germany, The Koehler Group is the leading, global provider of fine, colored, thermal, carbonless and decor papers. With a turnover of over 700 million euros, sales of around 500,000 tons of paper and 1.800 employees, the Koehler Paper Group is one of the few independent German companies in the paper industry. We use state-of-the-art technology to produce paper at four locations –our head office in Oberkirch and plants in Kehl, Greiz and Weisenbach.
About Dow Coating Materials
Dow Coating Materials is the most innovative coatings raw material supplier in the world; driving fundamental shifts in the coatings industry and moving the market as the expert’s expert in coatings solutions. Through its mission of collaboration, inspiration, innovation and growth, the business provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 13 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business. For more information please visit www.dowcoatingmaterials.com.
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 180countries 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.
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