Improving Indoor Air

Formaldehyde is an indoor-air problem. But what if paint on the walls could actually remove it?

Thanks to FORMASHIELD™ Technology, paint can now help improve indoor air quality.

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Revolutionizing Film Formation

Dow owns and operates 20 exposure stations on five continents.

EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer Technology helps formulators create coatings that offer improved exterior durability and interior cleanability.

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Creating a Quieter Ride

Cars and trucks may offer a quieter ride, thanks to AVANSE Acrylic Chemistry from Dow.

AVANSE™ Acrylic Chemistry enhances the vibration sound-damping properties of liquid-applied automotive coatings.

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Who We Are

Dow Coating Materials leads innovation in technologies that help advance the performance of paints and coatings. Our water-based acrylic emulsion technology revolutionized the global paint industry, and was named a historic chemical landmark by the American Chemistry Association. We offer a broad portfolio of binders, dispersants, rheology modifiers and surfactants for a wide variety of end markets. Highly experienced, full-service technical teams support our products, and we continue to strengthen our global supply chain through manufacturing excellence and reliable supply.

Our Markets

Dow offers innovative and sustainable product solutions to boost paint and coating performance across diverse markets.

Architectural

For more than a half-century, Dow has been leading a technology transformation that continues to help raise the performance and increase the functionality of architectural coatings. Our technical teams have created the first all-acrylic binder, the first hollow-sphere pigment for air-void hiding, the first HASE and HEUR rheology modifiers and the first all-acrylics to raise gloss level and facilitate true water-based enamels.

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Dow offers solutions for low-odor and low-VOC interior paints used in this modern dining and living space. We also offer solutions for exterior paint colors that stand up to tropical sun and blistering winds.

Additives

Dow rheology modifiers, dispersants and surfactants give you more of what you need to formulate a perfect can of paint. This includes better flow, leveling, color acceptance and tint strength. Plus, we offer industry-leading technical service support and new products in answer to your needs, including breakthrough flow-sag balance with ACRYSOL™ RM-995 and ACRYSOL™ RM-400 Rheology Modifiers.

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Rheology makes a lasting impression on consumer paint preference.

Industrial

Dow developed the industry's first waterborne binder for direct-to-metal application. Today we offer a broad range of waterborne acrylics and acrylic blends that offer industrial-strength performance in easy-to-use 1K coatings. Our products include AVANSE™ and MAINCOTE™ Acrylic Resins for metal; PARALOID™ B66 Resin in VOC-exempt solvent for concrete; ROSHIELD™ Acrylic Resins for wood; and RHOPLEX™ Binders for elastomeric wall coatings.

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Dow customized solutions are based on years of experience developing innovative products for a wide range of industrial applications, from pipelines to packaging and from traffic-marking paints to general metal coatings, shown here.

Leather

From the first man-made bate to high-performance acrylic binders, Dow has been leading the way in leather solutions for more than 100 years. Our innovations enhance process efficiency and offer a signature combination of softness, toughness and durability.

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Dow offers leather solutions for automotive, furniture, footwear and apparel.

Paper

For more than 50 years, the global paper industry has relied on Dow Paper Coatings for innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges. Dow offers a broad range of sustainable products and technology-based solutions, from cost reduction and high performance to design flexibility, brightness and processing efficiency:

  • Coated Free Sheet
  • Coated Groundwood
  • SBS Paperboard
  • Coated Paperboard
  • Specialty Paper

We’re experts at putting innovations on paper.

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Dow Paper Coatings offers access to a broad portfolio of technologies and chemistries. Our brands have earned a reputation for excellence and innovation.

Traffic

A bright and visible road stripe is essential to driver safety, and its performance relies on a high-quality, fast-drying paint.

Dow developed the world’s first quick-dry binder for waterborne traffic paint that drove a mainstream shift from solventborne to waterborne road markings in North America. Today, we’re bringing our low-VOC solutions to countries around the world.

How can we help you achieve more sustainable road marking?

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Dow has been driving innovation in traffic paint on streets like this one for more than 30 years with FASTRACKTM Acrylic Polymer Technology.

Helping paints look better and last longer with EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymers.

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Paints formulated with EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer offer notable improvements in stain resistance and removal across sheens, from flat to gloss.

Reducing the environmental impact of metal coatings with AVANSE™ Acrylic Resins.

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AVANSE™ 200 Acrylic Resin is next-generation waterborne technology that’s getting tougher on metal, with notable improvements in corrosion resistance, durability, hardness, adhesion and water resistance.

Developing water-based acrylic emulsion technology that’s revolutionizing the global paint industry.

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RHOPLEX™ HG-706 Binder performs indoors and out, offering excellent adhesion to weathered wood, composite wood and glossy alkyds, as well as outstanding gloss and exterior durability.

Improving driver safety with FASTRACK™ Quick-Drying Polymers.

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The faster dry-through characteristics of waterborne traffic markings based on FASTRACK Polymers make them less susceptible to wheel tracking and washout failure under a wider range of drying conditions.

We Solve Problems

From the evolution of waterborne house paint to the development of more durable maintenance and protective coatings, technologies from Dow Coating Materials help meet the needs of formulators, end users, asset owners and regulators.

EVOQUE™

Paints formulated with EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer offer notable improvements in stain resistance and removal across sheens, from flat to gloss.

AVANSE™

AVANSE™ 200 Acrylic Resin is next-generation waterborne technology that’s getting tougher on metal, with notable improvements in corrosion resistance, durability, hardness, adhesion and water resistance.

RHOPLEX™

RHOPLEX™ HG-706 Binder performs indoors and out, offering excellent adhesion to weathered wood, composite wood and glossy alkyds, as well as outstanding gloss and exterior durability.

FASTRACK™

The faster dry-through characteristics of waterborne traffic markings based on FASTRACK Polymers make them less susceptible to wheel tracking and washout failure under a wider range of drying conditions.
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Our Global Presence

Products from Dow Coating Materials are manufactured in 24 countries, spanning six continents.

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Dow’s manufacturing plant in Bristol, Pa., has been in operation since 1919.

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Water conservation efforts at Dow Coating Materials plants worldwide have averted the generation of more than 200 million pounds of wastewater in just one year (2011–2012).

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FORMASHIELD™ Technology for the removal of formaldehyde from indoor air was developed at Dow’s research complex in Shanghai.

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Plentiful shale reserves feed multiple Dow production facilities in Freeport , Texas.

Freeport, Texas freeport

Dow came to Texas in 1940 to extract magnesium from seawater. Today, Freeport is home to coatings manufacturing and research.

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Our site in Geelong, Australia, is the region’s only multiple-year winner of “Business of the Year.”

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Customers can view select test panels from this exposure station through the proprietary eXposure Vision™ Viewer.

Horgen, Switzerland horgen

Dow’s R&D organization has been in Horgen since 1974, with an emphasis on customer support and application development.

Jacareí, Brazil jacarei

Here, Dow studies renewable raw materials and water-based solvents for the civil construction and industrial segments.

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Dow’s acrylic emulsion plant in Las Piñas, Philippines, celebrated 50 years of operation in April 2013.

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Dow’s world-class research complex is home to high-throughput research that helps customers go to market faster.

Querétaro, Mexico queretaro

Dow has operated in Mexico since 1959. The Querétaro plant, built in 2008, produces acrylic emulsions, polyacrylates and biocides.

Queretaro, Mexico queretaro

This plant produces acrylic emulsions, polyacrylates and biocides for a variety of coatings.

Singapore singapore

This business and R&D center serves regional customers in Asia Pacific, particularly Southeast Asia.

São Paulo, Brazil sao-paulo

Dow opened a sales office in São Paulo in 1956 to import chemicals. Today, São Paulo is home to Dow’s Latin America headquarters.

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Here, Dow developed acrylic emulsion technology for latex paint, which was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark.

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The Dow emulsion plant here produces more than 40 products for domestic consumption and export throughout the Middle East.

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Reducing polymer waste is expected to save 400 to 420 cubic meters of water annually at Dow’s acrylic emulsion plant in Taloja.

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These laboratories provide technical support to architectural and industrial coatings customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Customer collaboration is our springboard for inspiration and invention. Whether it’s improving efficiency, increasing functionality or enhancing sustainability, progress begins with customer relationships and advances with trust.

Dow experts know binders, thickeners, dispersants, opaque polymers and surfactants. We also understand how these ingredients interact and can affect the final formulation.

Innovation is the ability to turn an inspired idea into a commercial success. At Dow, we accelerate the pace with expertise in material science, process technology and high-throughput research methodology.

Dow Coating Materials experts and scientists make excellent partners for learning about paint surfactants and rheology modifiers, hiding technology and other innovations.

Our first mission is customer collaboration. We know that inspiration, innovation and growth only come when we truly partner with customers.

Dow Coating Materials is one of the most innovative coatings raw material suppliers in the world, thanks to world-class research and collaboration with our customers.

When your experts talk to our experts, questions spark the imagination. What if coatings could last longer? Clean the air? Use less TiO2? Dow has more people on the ground and in more regions – ready to listen and work with you.

Dow scientists and experts help lead the industry, collaborating with your industry experts, driving real-world innovation and generating breakthroughs year after year.

Getting to Know Dow

When your experts collaborate with our experts, you get 60 years of paint and coatings know-how, plus an open invitation to give us a call.

Collaboration

Dow experts know binders, thickeners, dispersants, opaque polymers and surfactants. We also understand how these ingredients interact and can affect the final formulation.

Research

Dow Coating Materials experts and scientists make excellent partners for learning about paint surfactants and rheology modifiers, hiding technology and other innovations.

Customer Service

Dow Coating Materials is one of the most innovative coatings raw material suppliers in the world, thanks to world-class research and collaboration with our customers.

Technical Expertise

Dow scientists and experts help lead the industry, collaborating with your industry experts, driving real-world innovation and generating breakthroughs year after year.
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Works created with acrylic paint pose special challenges to conservationists. Dow is collaborating with Tate and Getty Conservation Institute to apply the best of modern science to the best of modern art.

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Dow is collaborating with Tate in London to apply the best of modern science to preserving the best of modern art.

Dow Coating Materials Wins 2013 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for EVOQUE™ Pre-Composite Polymer Technology.

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Three colors of paint rolled on to a wall

Dow tracks and evaluates more than 40,000 exposure test panels each year, helping customers identify promising solutions with greater speed, accuracy and confidence.

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Experts examine panels on exposure at Dow Exposure Station in Spring House, Pennsylvania.

Easy spray application, less risk of corrosion under insulation and ongoing energy savings are benefits that may be realized from one-component coatings formulated with new MAINCOTE IC™ WB Waterborne Acrylic Resins.

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Dow is helping to facilitate a new category of waterborne thermal coatings for easy spray application.

The Art of Collaboration

Works created with acrylic paint pose special challenges to conservationists. Dow is collaborating with Tate and Getty Conservation Institute to apply the best of modern science to the best of modern art.

The Art of Collaboration

Dow is collaborating with Tate in London to apply the best of modern science to preserving the best of modern art.

Green Chemistry Award

Three colors of paint rolled on to a wall

Exposing the Cold Truth About Paint

Experts examine panels on exposure at Dow Exposure Station in Spring House, Pennsylvania.

A Cool Solution for Thermal Coatings

Dow is helping to facilitate a new category of waterborne thermal coatings for easy spray application.

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