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 its athletes, another star emerged that contributes significantly to the games: science. For fans and players, Dow’s polyurethane technology in particular created a more enjoyable experience.
“The unique properties of polyurethanes make it one of the most versatile and high performing materials in the world–which made it even more fitting to be involved in a global event such as the Olympic Games, Rio 2016 where excellence is a standard,” stated Jon Penrice, commercial vice president of Dow Polyurethanes. “From energy-saving insulation and durable coatings to flexible foams, Dow’s ingenuity mixed with scientific expertise helped power the world of sports by improving performance, safety, health and sustainability.”
Dow was involved with more than 20 projects connected to the games–spanning from field-of-play technologies to products used in venue and city construction, transportation, infrastructure and carbon mitigation. A few of the projects powered by polyurethane technologies at the Olympic Games, Rio 2016 include:
- Game-Changing: Deodoro Park’s hockey field was equipped with a high-performance, synthetic turf system which used both DOWLEX™ linear low-density polyethylene resins in the yarns as well as polyurethane technologies on the backing of the carpet.
- “Rolling” Innovation: The Olympic hockey balls were composed of tailor-made, micro-foam core developed with Dow polyols. The unique polyurethane core provided higher performance and more consistency than hockey balls made with traditional vulcanized cork and rubber or solid polymer.
- Comfortable and Supportive: After a hard day’s competition, athletes enjoyed comfy mattresses made with Dow’s breathable, flexible polyurethane foam.
- Protecting Assets: Dow technologies were used in flooring applications and waterproofing systems for concrete and metal structures within Maracanã stadium. Additionally, flooring solutions and polyurethane insulation panels from Dow were utilized in the major renovation that took place at Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, São Paulo, one of the main cargo transportation hubs for the Games.
In addition to providing scientific solutions to improve the Games, as the Official Carbon Partner of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee Dow is working to mitigate the carbon footprint across major sectors of the Brazilian economy. Dow used the Olympic Games, Rio 2016 as a catalyst to implement energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies across food production, industry and infrastructure.
Dow’s polyurethane innovations directly involved in reducing Brazil’s carbon footprint include its rigid foam insulation panels. Polyurethane panels with specific attributes help minimize the heat transfer between indoor and outdoor environments, optimizing energy efficiency and thermal comfort.
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 www.dowpolyurethanes.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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 49,500 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 www.dow.com.
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