Two technologies from Dow—a reworkable thermal gel and a textile treatment—were recently recognized with 2020 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group (BIG). The annual awards program recognizes the organizations, products, and people that bring new ideas to life.
“We innovate to create products and services that surpass customer expectations on performance and that are simultaneously sustainable,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president of Research & Development and chief technology officer for Dow. “These innovations deliver solutions across the entire value chain and bring value to our shareholders. We appreciate the Business Intelligence Group recognizing the creativity of our talented Dow teams responsible for these innovations—innovations offering better performance with clear sustainability benefits.”
DOWSIL™ TC-3015 reworkable thermal gel is a thermal conductive silicone gel designed for smartphone reworkability. It reportedly enables more sustainable assembly and recycling of consumer and communications electronics while addressing the critical thermal management needs of these devices. Reworkability allows for easy device disassembly to limit discarding of flawed units during manufacturing, to facilitate device repair, and to enable better end-of-life separation of components for recycling.
Dow also received an award for its ECOFAST™ pure sustainable textile treatment, a technology that the company says enables unique, brighter colors on cotton textiles while helping address sustainability challenges in the industry, including water quality and water consumption. This patented technology decreases the process chemicals needed to dye cotton fabric by up to 90%, which can help reduce the likelihood of pollution in wastewater streams.
“Innovation has become a major theme for organizations across virtually all industries and this year’s winners are a testament to the creativity, passion and perseverance of individuals worldwide,” said Maria Jimenez, chief operating officer of the Business Intelligence Group. “We are thrilled to be honoring Dow as they are leading by example and making real progress on improving the daily lives of so many.”
Organizations from across the globe submitted their recent innovations for consideration in the BIG Innovation Awards. Nominations were judged by a select group of business leaders and executives who volunteer their time and expertise to score submissions.