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26. November 2020

Dow: New silicone surfactants for bedding and furniture foam

Dow announced the launch of a new generation of low cyclics, low volatile silicone Vorasurf surfactants. According to the company, flexible polyurethane foam formulators now have access to a set of higher performing surfactant options for mattresses, couches, and other upholstered furniture with improved sustainability profile.

The Vorasurf surfactants are said to give formulators an enhanced level of control over the physical properties of their foam, helping them meet the latest specifications on volatile content and emissions required by leading brand owners such as IOS-MAT-0010. In addition, the additives are said to allow formulators to comply with demanding regulatory and sustainability requirements around the world, helping ensure safe and compliant furniture products.

The new Vorasurf surfactant series includes:

  • Vorasurf DC 5951LV additive: primarily aimed at EO-rich polyol-based MDI/TDI systems and low- to medium-density conventional foams, including those based on auxiliary blowing agents
  • Vorasurf FF 5959 additive: offering finer control over cell size and foam recovery properties in flexible foam applications
  • Vorasurf DC 5906LV, Vorasurf DC 5950LV, Vorasurf DC 198LV additives: low cyclics, low volatile grades of globally recognised industry standards for bedding and furniture, including medium-high density conventional foams, MDI viscoelastic foams, and applications requiring good flame retardancy

Dow offers polyurethane formulators a wide portfolio of solutions, including silicone performance additives, surfactants, and release agents. Formulators also have access to technical support and innovation capabilities to tailor the company’s polyurethane additives to address specific performance, sustainability and profitability objectives.


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