Dow replaces mercury catalysts for polyurethane
By Urethanes Technology International
Posted 17 August 2012
Dow has voluntarily completed a programme to replace mercury-based catalysts from its polyurethane elastomer products, as part of the company’s commitment to providing more sustainable solutions for customers.
Dow said it removed all organo-mercury catalysts prior to the European Union’s formal recommendation to phase out these catalysts, and five years before such compliance is mandated.
“The success of the mercury catalyst replacement program sets a new standard for the polyurethane industry and puts our customers ahead of the competition for years to come,” said David Kepler, chief sustainability officer.
The chemical company launched its complete portfolio of re-engineered Hyperlast and Diprane polyurethane elastomer products at Utech Europe 2012 in March.
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