Dow Creating ComfortScience Centre of Excellence to Help Define the Future of Bedding

Dow upgrades polyurethanes R&D and prototyping capabilities to advance the Science of Sleep with new Centre of Excellence in Europe

Horgen, Switzerland - Dow Polyurethanes, a business division of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), announces the upgrade of their research and development labs in Horgen, investing in capabilities to create a ComfortScience Centre of Excellence for bedding solutions. The centre of excellence will support and enhance Dow’s SleepStudio, also located in Horgen, where bedding value chain partners meet to collaborate on how science can create sleep materials that deliver the most comfortable experience possible.

The centre of excellence will be equipped with bespoke machinery, including a new foaming line from Laader Berg, CNC foam cutting machine, and pillow production machinery, enabling the creation and testing of materials for bedding comfort before they are sold to consumers. In conjunction with the existing SleepStudio, the upgraded lab facility enables Dow to accelerate product development and innovation, with the capabilities that can help produce validated solutions for their customers under one roof.

Paul Cookson, Global Innovation Leader for SleepStudio, Dow said, “Laader Berg was selected for this machine because of their excellent reputation in the industry for building slabstock machines of quality. The versatile ‘Maxfoam Concept PRO’ machine is equipped with world class technology, which will enable us to produce a wide range of polyurethane foam under similar conditions to our customers.”

The new equipment advances Dow’s research and development and prototyping for mattress and pillow capabilities. The ComfortScience Centre of Excellence will enable the design of liquid formulations, which will be validated on the new machine lines, with final properties tested in the SleepStudio.

“SleepStudio from Dow is a game-changing way to experience how value chain co-operation paired with scientific methodology can engineer absolute comfort. It is a collaborative meeting, education and demonstration space,” adds Cookson. “SleepStudio is dedicated to exploring and developing how Dow practices ComfortScience – a way of working with the industry which creates products that can help consumers sleep better.”

Per Henning Vaagen, CEO at Laader Berg commented, “We are delighted to have been selected by Dow to produce this bespoke machine for their revamped bedding R&D facility. Our machines are used widely across the industry, and it makes sense that Dow is able to test their formulations on the same kind of machinery as their customers.”

The ComfortScience Centre of Excellence upgrade is expected to be complete by end 2019.

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 automotive solutions for vehicle interior, and 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

About Dow
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at www.dow.com.