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

Midland, Mich. - December 07, 2016

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.

“We have conducted various tests and received extremely positive feedback from our customers in the conversion process to implement the new HFO blowing agents in our integral skin foam formulations,” said Scott Snyder, marketing manager for Dow Polyurethanes. “It’s crucial that our customers convert early to allow time for testing to perfect the new systems.”

Proven Customer Results
Based on customer testing, Dow’s polyurethane solutions, VORALUX™ for furniture and SPECFLEX™ for custom molding, deliver enhanced physical properties, including:

  • Superior Processing
    • Best-in-class shelf life, due to excellent system stability equivalent to HFC-245fa blown systems
    • Good compatibility with in-mold coatings, resulting in less scrap
    • Fast demold times allow for increased productivity
  • Outstanding Performance
    • Thicker skin when desired, rivaling HFC-245fa blown systems
    • Increased durability that provides superior quality to the end-use product
    • Excellent part aesthetics

Integral skin foam is used in a number of market applications, including automotive interiors, furniture components, office chairs, household leisure goods and wheelchairs. Dow’s polyurethane integral skin foam systems are ready for qualifications to fully comply with all applicable regulations once they become law on January 1, 2017. Contact a customer service representative toll-free at +1 (800) 441-4369 or to convert today.

About Dow Polyurethanes
Dow Polyurethanes develops and delivers a broad portfolio of technologies and customized solutions to customers in a variety of industries under its DurableScience, ComfortScience and InsulationScience category brands. Applications range from industrial and infrastructure solutions, to consumer comfort solutions in flooring, furniture bedding and footwear, to energy-efficient insulation materials. The business manufactures and sells key chemical components as well as fully-formulated polyurethane systems for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers and composites. Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Polyurethanes operates a global network of production sites and systems houses, as well as innovation and service centers. The business has an ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical market needs and contribute to a more comfortable, healthier and resilient society. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Dow
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 material, polymer, chemical and biological science 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 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. On June 1, 2016, Dow became the 100 percent owner of Dow Corning Corporation’s silicones business, a global company with sales of greater than $4.5 billion in 2015, 25 manufacturing sites in 9 countries and approximately 10,000 employees worldwide. 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

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