Dow Licensing Programs and Technologies Demonstrate R&D Strength,
Commercialization Across Portfolio
Offer customers next-generation solutions, greater performance in packaging,
durable goods, home and auto, and consumer applications
MIDLAND, Mich. -- December 03, 2012
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) continues to drive growth and demonstrate
its strong patent position through a number of licensing programs and
technologies that are gaining momentum on a global scale and providing
customers with next-generation industry standards and solutions.
Dow PP Licensing & Catalysts
The UNIPOL™ Polypropylene Process for manufacturing polypropylene (PP) resins,
for example, brings the power of Dow’s market-leading gas-phase process
technology with its high quality SHAC™ and CONSISTA™ Catalyst and Donor
systems to resin producers worldwide.
Capitalizing on strong growth in polypropylene demand, Dow has signed four
licensees in 2012, which would create another nearly 1,500 KTA polypropylene
capacity by 2015. Resins produced by UNIPOL Polypropylene Technology from Dow
account for 17 percent of global polypropylene output and enable producers to
make resins that improve the performance of other types of plastics, or to
offer polypropylene resins with better clarity, stiffness and impact strength.
“The decision to grow Dow Polypropylene Licensing & Catalysts despite the
Company’s sale of its global polypropylene resins business in 2011 was the
right decision,” said Tracy Cleckler, global commercial director, Dow Plastics
Licensing & Catalysts. “We have reached record sales and EBITDA in 2012, while
maintaining our 100 percent repurchase rate on catalysts for new licensees
since 2000, which demonstrates how our innovation strategy is meeting market
needs for operational reliability and new levels of advanced product
The business unit has also broadened its innovation reach beyond its UNIPOL PP
technology, including the licensing of its catalyst technology to producers in
liquid loop processes. Earlier this year, Dow signed an agreement with W.R.
Grace & Co. to develop new catalysts for liquid-phase polypropylene production
using one of Dow’s non-phthalate internal donor technologies.
Thin Foamed Polyethylene Films
Providing packaging manufacturers with another option to enhance their
sustainability efforts, Dow and MuCell Extrusion LLC recently announced the
two companies will exclusively license Dow’s thin foamed films patent family.
This partnership connects Dow’s formulation expertise with MuCell’s strong
process background for a bundled one-source proposition that will
significantly streamline the development process.
Foaming films are an excellent choice for a more sustainable package, reducing
the usage of resin by 10 – 20 percent, and are widely used in applications
such as pigmented and/or printed packaging for consumer packaged goods as well
as industrial films.
“Through this agreement, both companies are demonstrating their commitment to
create superior foamed products that have less impact on the environment,”
said Greg Bunker, associate marketing director, Dow Performance Packaging.
“The results will help our customers address their sustainability platforms
and develop low environmental impact technology.”
Earlier this year, Dow and MuCell announced a similar partnership where the
two companies agreed to exclusively license Dow’s patent family on flat sheet
Polymeric Flame Retardants
The power of Dow’s scientific leadership and the reach afforded through the
licensing process have also fueled a transformation within the polystyrene
foam insulation market. Dow’s groundbreaking and award-winning Polymeric Flame
Retardant solution is quickly becoming the new, global industry standard.
“Dow applied its polymer expertise, as well as its competency in environment,
health and safety modeling to find a new flame retardant solution the entire
polystyrene foam industry could use,” said Inken Beulich, senior R&D manager,
Dow Building Solutions. “Dow’s polymeric solution meets the stringent building
and construction energy efficiency codes and extensive fire safety performance
standards, while offering a superior sustainability profile. Further, as a
result of the manufacturing/marketing licenses, this revolutionary technology
is now available to the polystyrene foam insulation industry worldwide.”
Dow’s Polymeric Flame Retardant is poised to be the next generation industry
standard flame retardant for use in both extruded and expanded polystyrene
foam insulation applications globally, and has been honored as a 2012 R&D 100
winner, was runner-up in The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards,
and earned the 4^th annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately
innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry
and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of
the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water,
renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural
productivity. Dow's diversified 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 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics,
water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60
billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more
than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the
globe. 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.
The Dow Chemical Company
Bob Plishka, +1 989-638-2288
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