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NEW HYPERLAST™ & DIPRANE™ Polyurethane Elastomers

Product Announcement from Dow Polyurethanes

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Dow Formulated Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, announced today plans to launch a new line of HYPERLAST™ and DIPRANE™ non-mercury catalyzed polyurethane elastomer products.

At UTECH Europe 2012, Dow will be introducing a full suite of products that utilize non-mercury catalyst technology. These new materials use the previously successful backbone formulations and, through an innovative approach, the R&D team has enhanced the system with improvements in material processing and the final properties of the moulded elastomer.

Dow is committed to continually create today's and tomorrow's solutions for helping make the world safer, healthier, cleaner and more sustainable for all of us. Within the Engineering Elastomers business this is as important as ever. There is public concern with mercury and phenylmercury substances and under the REACH Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006): there is a proposal to restrict five phenylmercury substances. Dow has worked to remove the use of organo mercury catalysts from its polyurethane elastomer products.

Dow is rolling out a product range that helps the polyurethane processor benefit from knowledge that the materials in use are not impacted by REACH regulation and, therefore, will have supply longevity.

Other improvements include a study on sensitisation of low monomer TDI prepolymers, where it was identified that these products, at below 0.1% free TDI monomer, still have the potential to cause sensitisation. Dow will present a paper at UTECH Europe on April 18, 2012 as part of the ISOPA session, and will be available to discuss the study and TDI prepolymers that offer the processor confidence that we hold safety as number one.

The well-established one-pack elastomer MONOTHANE™ Polyurethane Systems range has been reformulated to provide enhanced, REACH-compliant material. Customers have endorsed the product and value the brand for its quality consistent performance in process and use.

For many years the mantra of Dow's Engineering Elastomers business has been "making your ideas reality." So we welcome you to release the power of your curiosity, and together we can look to develop innovative solutions.