Dow to launch, demonstrate new materials with packaging applications at International Plastics Showcase, including Elite polyethylene resins, Enlight polyolefin encapsulant films

MIDLAND, Michigan , March 19, 2012 (press release) – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) today announced its multi-pronged presence, including hands-on demonstrations of new resins, at NPE2012, The International Plastics Showcase taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, April 1-5, 2012. Dow’s participation as one of the show’s premiere sponsors includes:

  • New product and service demonstrations. Dow is launching multiple products at NPE2012. Nine leading global equipment manufacturers will feature these new resins and others on their machines in a series of hands-on demonstrations showing performance advantages of Dow’s new lines.
  • Sponsorships and technical presentations. Dow is the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) ANTEC® 2012 technical conference, co-located with NPE2012, where Dow will present 14 technical papers on a broad range of industry topics. Dow also extends its corporate commitment to scientific advancement and research with its sponsorship of the NPE2012 Technical Education Program and Technology Central.
“Our participation in industry events such as NPE2012 reflects the great value we place in supporting our industry, collaborating with our customers and the value chain, and in our ongoing investment in innovation and new product development,” said Mauro Gregorio, Commercial Vice President, Performance Plastics North America at The Dow Chemical Company. “We’ll be demonstrating our dedication to our customers through a personalized and collaborative effort at NPE this year.”


Several Dow products being showcased at NPE2012 include:
  • Dow Performance Packaging: ELITE™ Advanced Technology (AT) Polyethylene Resins are a new family of ELITE resins offering enhanced sealing, processability and consistency, particularly enhancing resin function in high performance sealant film, high performance stretch wrap film and stretch hood film applications.
  • Dow Performance Packaging: ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films can help extend the life of solar panels and, with faster processing speeds, offer panel producers an opportunity to reduce overall costs. Efforts like these not only enhance panel life, but also help the industry reach grid parity with traditional power sources.
  • Dow Hygiene & Medical: RHOPLEX™ ECONEXT™ Ultra-low Formaldehyde Binders help companies make end-use nonwoven products with virtually undetectable levels of formaldehyde that meet new federal OSHA PEL standards.
  • Dow Elastomers: ENGAGE™ XLT Polyolefin Elastomer for TPO’s used for automotive interior and exterior components. ENGAGE XLT is the next generation differentiated modifier that helps improve impact efficiency; it also offers higher TPO stiffness and has shown to help reduce the total weight of a part up to as much as 10 percent.
  • Dow Electrical & Telecommunications: DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-based Plasticizers, produced from virtually 100% renewable resources, can be used in flexible vinyl compounds that may help cable makers and durable goods original equipment manufacturers reduce their carbon footprint (based on LCA testing) and can potentially contribute toward LEED credits subject to verification by the US Green Council Ratings.
As part of Dow’s focus on providing show participants with an up-close look at its products, attendees will have the opportunity to see a wide range of Dow’s portfolio, including new resins at nine different locations on the show floor. Customers visiting these exhibits can learn how Dow products may be applied to their current and future product applications and also hear first-hand about efficiency gains and application flexibilities they can gain from using Dow products.

Demonstration details and location information are as follows:

Manufacturer       Features from Dow
C.W. Brabender       DOW™ LDPE 501i Low Density Polyethylene Resin for bakery
Instruments, Inc.       film and other packaging applications
West Hall Exhibit        
Booth #2718        
Davis-Standard, LLC      

CONTINUUM™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins for PE4710

West Hall Exhibit      

and PE100 pressure pipe applications

Booth #5945        
Hosokawa Alpine  


Live video feed from the Alpine 7 layer line located in Dow’s


Film Application Development Center in Freeport, Texas

West Hall Exhibit  


Running 4 specialty films for barrier, dry foods, stretch hood

Booth #6285       hood and high clarity lamination applications
Jenn Chong Plastics       DOW™ LDPE 751A Low Density Polyethylene Resin is a high additive
Machinery Works Co., LTD       film resin for general packaging applications with
West Hall Exhibit       fast blooming for high speed bag conversion
Booth #8284        
Lab Tech Engineering Co.,  


DOW™ LDPE 501i Low Density Polyethylene Resin for bakery


film and other packaging applications

West Hall Exhibit  


DOW™ LDPE 993I Low Density Polyethylene Resin designed

Booth #6185       for good gloss and rigidity with excellent flow characteristics
        in packaging applications
Lung-Meng Machinery  


XUS 61530.04 Experimental Polyethylene Resin(1) offers

(USA), Inc.       excellent optics and high processability without sacrificing
West Hall Exhibit       other physical properties
Booth #6473  


DOW™ LDPE 501i Low Density Polyethylene Resin for bakery

        film and other packaging applications that require optical


DOW DMDA-8007 HEALTH+™ High Density Polyethylene

West Hall Exhibit       Resin with excellent stiffness, low warpage, good toughness
Booth #4463       and good moldability; suitable for certain injection-molded
        medical devices such as IV kit components and respiratory
        care as well as caps and closures for pharmaceutical


MOR-FREE™ L 75-181N/CR 88-121 Fast Curing Solventless

West Hall Exhibit       Adhesive for bonding and sealing in uses ranging from basic
Booth #24048       to more complex packaging applications


High Clarity SEALUTION™ Film using DOWLEX™ NG resins and

        DOW™ LDPE in the skins for high production rates, ELITE™
        Enhanced PE subskins for excellent balance of stiffness and
        toughness without impacting optics, and SEALUTION™ 210
        peelable sealant for high clarity, easy opening applications
Parkinson Technologies,       ELITE™ Advanced Technology (AT) 6101 Polyethylene (PE)
Inc.       Resins help improve the performance of films in the high
West Hall Exhibit       performance sealant film, high performance stretch wrap

Booth #6269

      film and stretch hood film applications, helping make high


      performance machine wrap films thinner yet tougher

Specialists from Dow will present 14 technical papers covering a wide range of industry-leading topics during ANTEC 2012, including:
  • Delivering a Sustainable Future Through Innovation – By Theresa Kotanchek, Vice President, Sustainable Technologies and Innovation Sourcing, Research and Development (R&D)
  • Dynamic Properties of Cross-Linked Polyolefin Foams – By Kyle Kummer, Research Scientist, North America Performance Plastics, Elastomers Technical Service and Development (TS&D)
  • The Science of Formulating Olefin Block Copolymers – By Jeff Munro, Associate Scientist, North America Performance Plastics, Elastomers R&D
  • Design Innovations of High Density Polyethylene Pipe Grade Resins – By Sarah Patterson, Research Scientist, North America Performance Plastics, TS&D
Dow is the exclusive corporate sponsor of NPE’s Technology Central, a special NPE exhibit featuring the latest plastics technology innovations in a variety of industries. Components will include the Emerging and Market Technology Pavilions, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association’s Business of Plastics Conference, SPI’s 2nd International Plastics Design Competition and the On-floor Technology Theater.

For more information about Dow’s presence at NPE2012, including a complete list of all 14 technical presentations, please contact your Dow sales and/or technical service and development (TS&D) representative or follow @dowplastics on Twitter and via the #DowatNPE hashtag or visit

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