Dow has selected AB Specialty Silicones as an authorized distributor in the United States and Canada to support the company’s business growth of OH functional silicone polymers in the elastomeric roof coating (ERC) market. Silicone ERCs are liquid-applied coatings that cure into a durable, highly-elastic waterproof membrane for flat or low-sloping roofs. Silicones offer excellent UV stability and resistance to ponding water, especially valued for white reflective roof coating applications.

AB Specialty Silicones is a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of specialty silicone chemicals. The company has knowledge and relationships across the market, along with formulation and technical service expertise and bulk storage capabilities. Dow hopes the partnership will support the company’s recent investment in silicone polymer, and add significant capacity to its North American market.

“Dow is striving for a more sustainable tomorrow,” said Jean-Paul Hautekeer, global strategic marketing director, Dow Building & Infrastructure. “Our investment in raw material capacity to support the silicone elastomeric roof coatings will increase availability to the market, allowing building owners to easily select durable silicone coatings with high reflectivity, reducing the energy used for cooling the building and urban heating effect. We are excited for the future this partnership will bring.”

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