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10.14.2020

Novel VORASURF™ Silicone Surfactants combine performance and sustainability for bedding & furniture foam

  • Offer enhanced control of flexible foam physical properties
  • Meet the latest volatile emissions specifications 
  • Performance attributes to be presented at upcoming webinar

MIDLAND, Mich. – October 14, 2020 – Flexible polyurethane foam formulators now have access to a set of higher performing surfactant options for mattresses, couches, and other upholstered furniture with improved sustainability profile. Dow (NYSE:DOW), the world’s leading materials science company, introduces the next generation of low cyclics, low volatile silicone VORASURF™ Surfactants

“Flexible polyurethane foam formulators around the world are facing growing demands from brand owners and consumers for improved physical performance and ergonomics, as well as enhanced health and sustainability profiles for their foams,” said Justin Weare, North America marketing manager for Polyurethane Additives at Dow. “This new series of novel VORASURF™ Surfactants is a testament to Dow’s commitment to bringing high quality, profitable polyurethane surfactant technology to the foam industry that address both the latest market trends and technical requirements.”

VORASURF™ Polyurethane Surfactants empower formulators with an enhanced level of control over the physical properties of their foam, helping them meet the latest specifications on volatile content and emissions required by leading brand owners such as IOS-MAT-0010. These new-generation additives also allow formulators to easily comply with demanding regulatory and sustainability requirements around the world, helping ensure safe and compliant furniture products.

The new VORASURF™ Surfactant series includes:

  • VORASURF™ DC 5951LV Additive: an innovation primarily aimed at EO-rich polyol-based MDI/TDI systems and low- to medium-density conventional foams, including those based on auxiliary blowing agents
  • VORASURF™ FF 5959 Additive: a new-generation surfactant offering finer control over cell size and foam recovery properties in flexible foam applications
  • VORASURF™ DC 5906LV, VORASURF™ DC 5950LV, VORASURF™ DC 198LV Additives: low cyclics, low volatile grades of globally recognized industry standards for bedding & furniture, including medium-high density conventional foams, MDI viscoelastic foams, and applications requiring excellent flame retardancy

Dr. Sachit Goyal, Dow’s technical service and development specialist, will present the specifics of these new options and showcase their performance attributes in flexible polyurethane foam applications in a webinar on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants are invited to register online.

Dow has collaborated with the polyurethane industry for decades, offering formulators a wide portfolio of solutions, including silicone performance additives, surfactants, and release agents. Formulators around the world also have access to technical support and innovation capabilities to tailor Dow’s advanced, customizable polyurethane additives to address specific performance, sustainability and profitability objectives. For more information about Dow’s silicone polyurethane surfactants portfolio, visit www.dow.com/vorasurf.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

For further information, please contact:

Guillaume Artois
+1 989 633 4573
gartois@dow.com