Dow Polyurethane

Innovating for You

Every day we're challenged and inspired to seek out polyurethane solutions that help our customers differentiate their products and make life better for us all. Infrastructure assets that last longer and use less energy. Food that stays fresher more efficiently. Pillows that support a better nights sleep. And much, much more.

We start by listening to what concerns you and then investing in the most promising technologies. We find our best solutions by collaborating with our customers and other industry partners. Over the years, we have found that our technical experience, global scope and local approach to market challenges are the winning combination for success; both for our customers and for the world.

Polyurethane Science Makes Life Better

Dow offers polyurethane solutions that meet even the most demanding applications. Together, we can customize solutions to help differentiate your products. Our science and expertise is focused on innovations in three key market and application areas.

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

    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. Read More

  • Dow Expands Polyurethane Systems Houses Network with New Capabilities in India

    Network expansion dedicated to further support customers’ growth through customized solutions and technology innovations geared to local market needs.

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of Dow Chemical, announces the opening of a new Systems House in the Maharashtra state in India, further expanding its already strong network of more than 20 sites for production, development and technical service across the EMEAI region. Read More

  • Dow is Innovating for You at UTECH 2018

    Demonstrating the power of innovation through collaboration, Dow will be presenting solutions that address global challenges at UTECH Europe 2018.

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of The Dow Chemical Company, will be showcasing an extended portfolio of technologies and latest innovations at UTECH Europe 2018. Exhibiting at Stand 2230, Dow will present a range of polyurethane solutions that help differentiate products and contribute to help meet sustainability goals, opening new exciting opportunities for its customers and the industries they serve. Read More

  • Dow Products Are Available on 0elem.com

    Extended online presence will better serve chemicals market

    An authorized store by the Dow Chemical Company was launched on 0elem.com, an online platform dedicated to chemical product transactions and supply chain services, to serve customers in China. The extended online presence will further boost the e-commerce of Dow products by expanding the company’s sales channels and broadening its customer base. Read More

  • Dow Technology Recognized with 2018 JEC Innovation Award

    2018 JEC Innovation Award win acknowledges reality for mass production of torsionally-rigid components for automotive rear wall structures

    The new carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) rear wall structure developed for the Audi A8 and powered by Dow has won the JEC Innovation Award in the Automotive Process Category. AUDI AG, in collaboration with Voith Composites GmbH, The Dow Chemical Company and ZOLTEK Corp., developed a CFRP rear wall structure suitable for fully-automated serial production with capacity for more than 300 parts per day. Read More

  • Dow Introduces New Shoe Soling Systems that Combine Comfort and Performance

    Company launches ENERLYTE™ system for Athleisure Shoes and VORALAST™ H2 system for Protective Footwear

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of The Dow Chemical Company, is launching two new soling systems, to serve the athleisure and protective footwear markets. The ENERLYTE™ Polyurethane (PU) Elastomer is a system designed for the active consumer, bringing lightweight, durable, high-“energy return” and soft-touch soles to the athleisure market. With the new VORALAST™ H2, Dow broadens its footwear portfolio with a polyurethane soling system specifically designed for protective shoes requiring a combination of comfort and protection in a variety of working conditions and addressing the needs of the industrial, agriculture, cold store, trekking and wellington professional shoe manufacturers. Read More

  • Dow Launches New Range of Co-polymer Polyols

    Development of new CPP technology with remarkable properties for the ever-demanding flex foam industry

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of DowDuPont Materials Science, is launching a new range of co-polymer polyols (CPPs) to address the demanding and diverse requirements of the flex foam industry. Dow is confident the four new CPPs on offer—VORALUXTM HL 500; VORALUXTM HL 510; VORALUXTM HL 515; VORALUXTM HL 525—will represent a high class for flex foam applications. The range will aim to address the requirements for low emissions found in Automotive, Bedding and Furniture sectors, having a broad processing range that will yield foam consistency and high solids content for efficient load-bearing properties. Read More

  • Dow Adds New Capabilities to Serve Europes Growing Polyurethane Systems Markets

    New prepolymer reactors inaugurated at Dow’s PU Systems House in Germany, adding capacity for highly differentiated products to serve customers in the growing industrial and infrastructure markets.

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science [NYSE: DWDP], announces the start-up of two new state-of-the-art prepolymers reactors at its largest PU System House in Ahlen, Germany. With this focused investment Dow adds production capacity to its already strong network of Systems Houses around the world, and strengthens its position as a leading supplier of highly customized polyurethane solutions to the growing industrial and infrastructure markets. “Dow continues to see growth of innovative polyurethane solutions for industrial and infrastructure markets,” commented Jon Penrice, Vice President Dow Polyurethanes Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI). “This latest expansion of our world-class capabilities represents another significant milestone in Dow’s commitment to invest to support our customers’ growth and their strong demand for tailored formulations and fast response time.” Read More

  • Dow Announces Collaboration for Breakthrough in Polyurethane Mattress Recycling

    Dow enters into agreement to develop the market for recycled polyurethane

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science Division (NYSE: DWDP), has announced a cooperation agreement with Germany-based plant manufacturer H&S Anlagentechnik to develop the market for recycled polyols manufactured from end-of-life mattresses. The polyols recycled through the process can be applied into a variety of polyurethane applications. The move comes as the European bedding industry is assessing the impact of the European Commission’s 2015 Circular Economy Package, comprising new waste management targets for reuse, recycling and landfilling, strengthening provisions on waste prevention and extended producer responsibility. Read More

  • Dow Awarded for Global Sustainability Leadership

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science, has won ‘Sustainability Product of the Year’ in the 2017 Sustainability Awards program by Business Intelligence Group. The award was presented for Dow’s mattress foam technology, VORAGUARD™ Polyol. VORAGUARD™ Polyol is a patented polymer polyol for flexible polyurethane foam production designed to exhibit inherent flammability resistance properties and excellent load-bearing in addition to having ultra-low-emission characteristics. Combining these features in one single product helps enable manufacturers to significantly enhance foam performance, resulting in benefits in almost any aspect of production and use. Read More

  • Dow Introduces New VORASURF™ Polyurethane Additives

    As part of DowDuPont Materials Science Division’s (NYSE: DWDP), ongoing commitment to provide customers with greater access to expertise and products, more buying options and reliability, the technologies of Dow Corning Polyurethane Additives (PUA) will be sold by Dow under the VORASURF™ Polyurethane Additives brand name. Read More

  • Dow Announces Expansion of its Polyurethanes Service Centers Network

    Investments dedicated to further support customers’ growth through unrivalled technical service and technology innovations geared to local market needs

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), announces the opening of a new Polyurethanes Service Center in Romania, expanding an already strong network of more than 20 sites for production, development and technical service across the EMEAI region. Located in Brasov County, the new center is equipped with technical and commercial capabilities to serve customers in Romania, Bulgaria and the wider Balkan region with high quality polyurethane materials. Further network expansion plans are anticipated later this year with a similar center due to open in Africa dedicated to support customer needs in the Middle East and Africa Region. Read More

  • Dow Joins Whirlpool and Cannon Afros to Present First Achievements of the LIFE+ K-12 Project

    Aimed at the definition of an innovative “enhanced insulation technology for the refrigerator of the future” the project is currently being executed with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community.

    Dow Polyurethanes, a global business unit of the Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) in collaboration with Whirlpool EMEA and Cannon Afros revealed the first achievements of the joint Life+ K-12 project during the recent Mid Term Conference in Turin, Italy. The three industry leaders are partners of the LIFE+ K-12 Project (LIFE13 ENV/IT/001238), aiming to demonstrate and showcase an innovative refrigeration technology to significantly improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the Cold Appliance industry. The long-term overall objective is to contribute to drastic energy saving in cold appliances demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative technological solution able to hugely impact the thermal insulation market, starting from household cold appliances. Read More

  • Dow launches ComfortScience at EUROPUR 2017 Annual Event

    Today, at the 2017 EUROPUR and EURO-MOULDERS annual event, Dow Polyurethanes is launching ComfortScience – a new initiative which showcases its unique approach to creating flexible foam solutions with the end-consumer in mind. Read More

  • Dow Chemical and Mobike Collaborate on Next-Generation Smart Shared Bikes

    Lightweight and better comfort enhance riding experience

    Dow Chemical (China) Investment Company Limited and Beijing Mobike Technology Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a strategic partnership today in Beijing. The partnership will leverage Dow’s diversified technological platforms and world-class innovative materials science and Mobike’s leading position in China’s bike sharing market in support of the development of China’s sharing economy. Read More

  • Dow introduces V PLUS PERFORM™, implemented by ISOPAN through the LEAF Technology

    Dow Polyurethanes has developed V PLUS PERFORM™ Technology offering a completely next level of performance for rigid foam insulation. Isopan is the first company implementing this technology and bringing this to market in 2017 though the ISOPAN LEAF Technology.

    Creating energy efficient buildings is becoming more and more critical. In addition, European regulations and national building codes as well as complex and challenging requirements increase the need for high-performance construction materials. To help building and construction companies address these challenges, Dow Polyurethanes and Isopan have worked together to be able to introduce today two new technologies: DOW V PLUS PERFORM™ Technology, which is fully integrated in the ISOPAN LEAF Technology. A first result of this combination is the enhanced Isopan sandwich panels range, available beginning summer 2017 in a high-end performing version, slim and lightweight. Read More

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

    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. Read More

  • New, Low-Density Foam Opens U.S. Market to Office Seating Manufacturers

    The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has introduced a new U.S.-manufactured low-density polyurethane system for molded seating and backrest foam applications that uses less material yet maintains an optimal comfort level. This new technology has a standard density range of 2.7-2.9, which is the lowest MDI-based polyurethane density range currently on the market for molded applications. Read More

  • Dow Polyurethanes Launches Next-Generation Pre-blended Polyol System in Thailand

    New solution enables more sustainable rigid foam for cold chain and construction industries

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), today announced the availability of its next-generation pre-blended polyol system for the Thai market and other Southeast Asian countries. Combining Dows advanced polyether polyol offerings and Honeywells industry-leading blowing agent HFC (hydrofluorocarbons) 245fa, the new solution provides a sustainable pathway for customers to comply with increasingly stringent government regulations on environmental protection. Read More

  • Dow Introduces the Bedding Industrys First Ultra Airflow and Moisture-Wicking Memory Foam Technology

    Memory foam bedding seems to provide everything a consumer is looking for with its cushy, soft feel that forms to the body. However, the traditional closed cell foam structure traps heat and moisture which increases the body temperature, creating an uncomfortable sleep environment. For a foam that promises cool temperatures and less tossing and turning, enter the first of its kind Dow ComfortScience VORA Zzz™ Ultra High Airflow and Moisture-Wicking Foam Technology. Read More

  • Honeywell Materials Chosen by Dow for Environmentally Preferable Integral Skin Foam Products, Ahead of U.S. Regulatory Deadline

    Non-emissive catalysts from Air Products also used in new foam systems for a wide range of consumer applications

    Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that one of its low global-warming-potential (GWP) materials is being incorporated into a new solution for producing foam used in applications ranging from office furniture armrests to padded cushions for rollercoasters. Read More

  • ICIS: New blowing-agent rules offer chance to grow

    Dow Chemical is treating new regulations about blowing agents as an opportunity to grow the companys business, as it seeks to incorporate the new generation of agents into polyurethane systems. Read More

  • Innovative Polyurethane Solutions from Dow Enrich Olympic Games Experience for Athletes and Fans

    While eyes from around the world were glued to the Olympic Games, Rio 2016 and Read More

  • Don’t Blow It: Choose Dow Polyurethanes to Find the Right Blowing Agent for You

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), provides a wide range of blowing agent capabilities compliant with the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), to deliver customizable energy efficient solutions to the North American market. These capabilities now include hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology and may lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) by up to 99.9 percent. Read More

  • Dow Introduces New SNAP Compliant Integral Skin Innovation

    The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) has launched a new polyurethane integral skin foam that may lower global warming potential (GWP) by up to 99.9 percent while sustaining the comfort level and durability of previous polyurethane systems. Dow’s ComfortScience customized I-Skin solutions formulated with hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) are designed for North American companies and brand owners impacted by the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read More

  • Achieve Higher Yields and Cost Savings with Dow VORASURF™ 504 Surfactant

    The high-performance non-silicone organic surfactant VORASURF™ 504 from Dow enables enhanced energy efficiency in polyurethane and polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam insulation systems. When formulated and processed properly, systems with VORASURF™ 504 can achieve higher foam yield and higher compressive strength than with other types of surfactants; this leads to cost savings for builders, savings for home/building owners and a more sustainable world. Read More

  • Dow Technology Empowers XTEP Softpad to Deliver Exceptionally Comfortable Shoes

    Dow sets new trend in the sportswear industry with Comfort Science

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), today announced the launch of a co-branding program with China’s well-known fashion sportswear brand XTEP. The partnership combines Dow VORALAST™ Comfort Science technology and XTEP’s Softpad technology to enable next-generation shoes, bringing more comfortable and lightweight workout and recreational experiences to Chinese consumers. This collaboration is Dow Polyurethanes’ latest effort to bring its science closer to customers to set market trends. Read More

  • Dow Foam Dispensing Tool “Eliminates” Installation Woes with Customizable Solutions

    Dow Polyurethanes is helping manufacturers increase production of high-performance polyurethane doors while keeping investments low. As demand for new energy and cost-efficient doors increases, Dow is showcasing how the one-of-a-kind DELTA THERM™ Eliminator Dispensing Gun can provide cost effective solutions at IDAExpo 2016, April 27-30, 2016 in Las Vegas. Read More

  • Dow Launches VORAMER™ Non-Solvent Running Track Binder Solution in China

    The Innovative Technology Will Help Bolster the Sports and Recreation Environment in China

    Dow Polyurethanes, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), officially launched its high performance, VORAMER™ non-solvent running track binder solution at the 2016 China Sports Show. Read More

  • Product News Brief: Greater Spray Foam Formulation Flexibility with Dow VORANOL™ 425XL Mannich Polyol

    The new VORANOL™ 425XL Mannich Polyol from Dow Polyurethanes helps spray polyurethane foam formulators to differentiate their products with greater formulation flexibility. Read More

  • Dow Polyurethane Technologies Enable Code Compliant Insulation Solutions in North America

    U.S. buildings account for 41 percent of all energy consumed in the U.S.,1 a number which can be reduced with the use of construction materials that are energy efficient, reduce carbon footprints and meet more stringent regulations. Dow InsulationScience Read More

  • Clean and Healthy Sleep with Dow Washable Memory Foam Technology

    Pillow talk is usually not about how dirty your pillow is. Most consumers are unaware that pillows are recommended to be washed every 3 months1 due to the fact that after two years, 1/3 of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, bugs, dust mites and droppings.2 Unfortunately, memory foam pillows are not easily washable because tiny, porous memory foam cells hold water long after a pillow is removed from the washing machine and hung to dry. However, a new technology from Dow Polyurethanes in North America overcomes this challenge and enables a more washable memory foam pillow. Read More

  • Dow Durable Science Puts American Infrastructure on the Road to Recovery

    New High-Performance Polyurethane Technologies Launched for Infrastructure Repair in North America

    In 2013, America’s infrastructure GPA was listed as a D+ and it was estimated that $3.6 trillion would be needed by 2020 for road, bridge and pipe infrastructure repairs.1 Dow Polyurethanes is using science and technology to provide two innovative solutions to fill gaps in infrastructure repair. Concrete formulators now have new long-lasting, durable binder and sealant options for road, bridge and pipe construction to aid in the infrastructure’s road to recovery. Read More

  • Polyurethane Chemistry Paves the Way for Infrastructure Repair

    To help put America’s aging infrastructure on the road to recovery, Dow Polyurethanes is using science and technology to develop innovative product solutions where they are needed most. High performance polyurethane products are filling gaps in infrastructure repair , which gives the industry new durable options for road, bridge and pipe construction. Learn more below: Read More

  • Composites World: Polyurethanes-Collaboration and Adaptation for Optimal Application

    Guest columnist Kevin Meyer, associate scientist, Dow Polyurethanes, The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI, US), asks, and suggests some answers to, the question, "Why have polyurethanes, given their performance advantages, not been adopted in place of other thermosetting resins in a host of applications?" Read More