Dow Europe Unveils New Formulation and Testing Equipment at Its Performance Plastics Innovation Center

April 6, 2012 – 1:10 pm

Dow Europe GmbH has unveiled enhanced formulation and testing capabilities at the Performance Plastics Innovation Center at Dow’s European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland. The company will hold an open house on 12 April where it will demonstrate the new technology. During the event representatives from Nordson Engineering, Eastman Chemical Company, BASF, Albemarle and KraussMaffei Berstorff will give presentations on their technologies for these applications. For example, Nordson Engineering will discuss its coating and lamination line designed to help evaluate the processing performance of hot melt adhesives and prepare samples for adhesion testing. Applications include nonwoven top sheet and back sheet lamination for health and hygiene.

The company made the decision to expand its formulation and testing capabilities as a response to extensive growth in the use of elastomers for adhesives and flexible membranes, according to a press release. The new equipment include a hot melt adhesive coating and lamination unit and a direct extrusion line for flexible membranes, as well as other additions.

Dow offers a portfolio of elastomer resins, such as hot melt adhesives based on Affinity GA Polyolefin elastomers and Infuse Olefin block copolymers. For producers of flexible membranes, Versify plastomers and elastomers, Engage polyolefin elastomers and Infuse OBCs are especially suitable because of their high flexibility.

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