The Dow Chemical Co. recently announced the formation of Dow Construction Chemicals, a new business within the Dow Advanced Materials portfolio that combines certain capabilities of the Rohm and Haas Co., acquired in April of 2009, and Dow Wolff Cellulosics, formed in 2007, to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to manufacturers of building and construction products around the world.

Dow Construction Chemicals offers deep, broad technology platforms and extensive application know-how in acrylic, redispersible latex powder, and cellulosic chemistries. The business is focused on providing additive and formulation solutions to manufacturers of construction products such as elastomeric roof coatings, external insulation and finish systems (EIFS), specialty cements, insulation, caulks, and sealants.   

“The combined resources and experience of Dow and Rohm and Haas puts Dow Construction Chemicals in a unique position to provide customers around the world with responsive technical support, unrivaled construction application expertise, and manufacturing and distribution excellence,” said Christoph Sikora, global general manager for Dow Construction Chemicals.  “We’ve been in this business for more than 40 years, and have solved many technical challenges in cooperation with our customers. We are fully dedicated to continue doing so with sustainable and innovative solutions.”

In addition to its core technologies, Dow Construction Chemicals plans to draw upon Dow’s extensive capabilities in polyurethanes, epoxies, synthetic rheology modifiers, biocides and other chemical fields to broaden its product base with innovative new market solutions.  Today, Dow Construction Chemicals is a leading supplier of acrylic latex binders for “cool roof” coatings; a host of important acrylic and cellulosic additives for EIFS; formaldehyde-free acrylic thermosetting resins for binding the fiberglass filaments in insulation systems; cellulosics, emulsion polymer modifiers, and cure/seal membranes for specialty concrete products; and a number of different binders, coatings, powders, emulsion polymers, and thickeners for applications ranging from caulks and sealants to industrial non-woven mats, ceramic tile adhesives, roof tiles and siding, and tape joint compounds, among others.

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