Dow bags Edison Awards for innovative technologies

Dow ACCUTRACE S10 molecular fuel marker allows governments to retaliate against the revenue loss and environmental impact of fuel tax evasion and Dow CANVERA polyolefin dispersions provide F&B brand owners with a can coating made from polyethylene resins.

Selected from hundreds of finalists, the winners of 2017 Edison Awards were announced on 20 April at the Edison Awards Gala in New York City.
Selected from hundreds of finalists, the winners of 2017 Edison Awards were announced on 20 April at the Edison Awards Gala in New York City.

Two innovative products from The Dow Chemical Company have recently received 2017 Edison Awards.

The Edison Awards honour excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centred design and innovation. A silver Edison Award went to Dow’s ACCUTRACE™ S10 molecular fuel marker used to combat fuel tax evasion. Dow’s CANVERA™ polyolefin dispersions for metal can coating received a bronze award.

“With a seat at our customers’ design table, we continue to bring forward breakthrough innovations that solve complex problems and serve the market,” said AN Sreeram, senior vice president, R&D, and chief technology officer, Dow.

“Edison was a prolific inventor whose success is linked in part to his business sense and understanding of societal needs. For Dow, we continue to see the greatest success in delivering products that are meeting customer needs and solving the world’s most pressing challenges. We are grateful for this recognition of our market-disrupting products,” added Sreeram.

Selected from hundreds of finalists, the winners were announced on 20 April 2017 at the Edison Awards Gala in New York City.

Dow ACCUTRACE S10 molecular fuel marker empowers governments to fight back against the revenue loss and dangerous environmental impact of criminal fuel tax evasion. ACCUTRACE S10 is highly resistant to removal through known fuel laundering techniques, authenticates petroleum products for their intended use, such as agriculture and home heating, and prevents them being sold into higher taxed uses, such as vehicles for road transport.

ACCUTRACE and the Falcon Analytical CALIDUS MT transportable gas chromatography unit form a robust fuel marking and detection system that allows governments to enforce tax law and prevent criminal activity. It is highly resistant to naturally occurring or illicit laundering of the marker out of fuel.

“We are honoured to have the ACCUTRACE S10 fuel marker recognised as an Edison Awards winner,” said Ester Baiget, business president, Dow Industrial Solutions. “This highly respected accolade recognises not only the strength of our market-driven innovation, but also the diligent collaboration between Dow and Falcon, supplier of the CALIDUS portable gas chromatography detection unit. This concerted effort to combat fuel fraud demonstrates the power of chemistry and science to address real world challenges.”

Dow CANVERA polyolefin dispersions provide progressive food and beverage brand owners with a can coating made from polyethylene resins, replacing epoxy coating systems using BPA, bisphenols, epoxies and other materials of concern to consumers and regulators. CANVERA uses Dow’s proprietary and patented BLUEWAVE™ dispersion technology to create an aqueous polyolefin dispersion, applied directly to the interior metal surface of cans using the same equipment as current epoxy coatings.

CANVERA makes a very thin, protective, thermoplastic lining with excellent food and flavour retention, adhesion, corrosion protection and film flexibility. CANVERA polyolefin dispersions utilise the existing can-making infrastructure, facilitating world-wide adoption.

“Dow Coating Materials has been working on this progressive technology for several years, and it is really exciting to finally see it being adopted by the market place,” said Neil Carr, business president, coating materials, performance monomers and plastic additives, Dow. “CANVERA polyolefin dispersions offer a genuine breakthrough in can coatings, and are a great testimony of our business’s ability to deliver science-based, sustainable solutions that aim to improve people’s lives.”

The Edison Awards namesake, Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931), was an American-born inventor and businessman. Over the course of his life, Edison received a staggering 1,093 US patents for market-disrupting technologies such as the electric light bulb and phonograph.

Dow shares in Edison’s passion for ingenuity and patent productivity; the company was named for the sixth consecutive year to the Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovators List, which recognises corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation, as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics.

Dow’s R&D engine was responsible for 754 US patents granted in 2016; the eighth consecutive annual increase and an all-time record high for Dow. Such patents, based on Dow innovation, help drive patent-advantaged sales that represent more than 20 percent of Dow’s revenue.

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