Dow enters agreement with Locus Performance Ingredients to purchase line of high-performance sophorolipid biosurfactants for home and personal care markets; agreement supports Dow's goals to meet demand for sustainable, biodegradable ingredients

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MIDLAND, Michigan , January 25, 2022 (press release) –

Dow (NYSE: Dow) today announced an exclusive engagement with Locus Performance Ingredients (Locus PI) to sell its line of high-performance sophorolipid biosurfactants in the global home care and personal markets. The ingredients offer a substantial reduction in carbon footprint relative to conventional surfactants. This engagement will enable Dow to strengthen its position in the biosurfactants market, addressing growing consumer demand for sustainable, biobased, and biodegradable ingredients.

“This partnership with Locus PI, an unrivaled expert in biosurfactants and fermentation, complements our innovation, strength and strong position in home care and personal care,” said Farooq Alam, global strategic marketing manager for Dow Home Care. “The addition of Locus PI’s biodegradable and sustainable ingredients allows us to further deliver on our promise to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon, circular economy.”

The Dow and Locus PI engagement allows both companies to leverage their key expertise. It combines Locus PI’s fermentation technology know-how and ability to develop tailored ingredients with Dow’s deep knowledge and penetration in the home care and personal care markets.

Locus PI offers a broad portfolio of 100 percent biobased, high-purity sophorolipids, an ingredient in the glycolipid class of biosurfactants. These biosurfactants exhibit superior performance in foam stability and surface tension reduction.

“This exclusive partnership with Dow enables accelerated global adoption of high-performance ingredients that address numerous industry challenges while advancing shared sustainability goals,” said Tim Staub, CEO of Locus PI. “The resulting products formulated with biosurfactants can offer greater effectiveness while being gentler on both people and the planet.”

About Dow Home Care Solutions
Dow Home Care offers unique, sustainable and innovative ingredients that empower customers around the world to create products with exceptional performance and exciting benefits that consumers can trust and believe in. Consumers that seek the confidence and comforts of a clean home can see and feel the difference in our products through shiny surfaces, and soft fabrics that look and smell fresh. We leverage our understanding of customer needs, deep market knowledge and technical expertise—combined with one of the broadest portfolios of technologies—to deliver home care solutions with outstanding performance that are safe for people and the planet. We foster these innovations on global and local levels to meet the needs of diverse consumers through business centers, research and development (R&D), manufacturing plants and customer applications centers around the world. Please visit www.dow.com/homecare for more information.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

About Locus Performance Ingredients
Locus Performance Ingredients® (Locus PI) is an award-winning green tech company dedicated to developing environmentally friendly biosurfactant solutions that replace legacy surfactants and eliminate regulatory challenges in CPG product formulations. Using advanced, modular fermentation technology with a near-zero carbon footprint, the team creates performance-driven, sustainable ingredients that are USDA certified as 100% biobased and non-GMO, with no palm oil, Proposition 65, EO, formaldehyde or other trace chemicals. Each multifunctional ingredient can be used in a multitude of personal care, household and industrial applications, with low usage rates, superb multifunctionality and superior performance. Locus PI gets its core scientific capabilities from its parent company, Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an Ohio-based, globally recognized biosurfactant company. For more information, visit LocusPI.com.

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