Dow Elastomers (Midland, Mich.), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company unveiled at the recent K Show a breakthrough compatibilization technology that offers a tuneable range of new, highly effective solutions for combining both non-polar and polar polymers with polypropylene. Trademarked INTUNE PP-based Olefin Block Copolymers from Dow offer highly effective solutions for combining polyethylene (PE), polyolefin elastomers (POE) and polar materials such as ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) and polyamide (PA) with polypropylene (PP) to provide the best benefits of each material, while minimizing individual trade-off properties.
"Truly breakthrough and game-changing innovations like INTUNE PP-based OBCs underscore Dow’s industry-leading material and formulation science capabilities and reinforce our position as the go-to innovator in the plastics industry," says Kim Ann Mink, business president, Dow Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications. "INTUNE will enable us to offer enhanced performance at lower systems cost for customers across a multitude of end-markets, including packaging, consumer durables, transportation, construction, hygiene, and wire and cable, among others."
The diverse material and formulation options enabled by INTUNE PP-based OBCs create opportunities for unique blends and multi-layer structures that offer tuneable combinations of attributes and enable processors to achieve enhanced performance targets and lower overall systems cost.
"INTUNE PP-based OBCs enable the creation of unique solutions that display the most desirable mechanical, chemical and optical properties of PP with PE, POEs and polar materials, fundamentally changing the way the industry thinks about combining polar and non-polar polymers," says Karen Fennessy-Ketola, global director, New Business Development, Dow Elastomers, Electrical & Telecommunications. "As the latest development in Dow’s innovation pipeline and the second generation of solutions derived from our proprietary olefin block copolymer technology, INTUNE PP-based OBCs also underscore our ability to continue to deliver groundbreaking solutions for a myriad of applications."