Dow unveils water-repellent finishes sans fluorocarbons
Dow, the worldâ€™s leading materials science company, today introduces DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749 Emulsion, a new generation of durable water repellent finishes for fabrics based on silicone chemistry.
the worldâ€™s leading materials science company, today introduces DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749
Emulsion, a new generation of durable water repellent finishes for fabrics
based on silicone chemistry.
the global textile industry quickly adopts new production practices and
materials with reduced environmental impacts, itâ€™s important to examine the
water repellent treatments being used as many conventional options come with a
number of disadvantages,â€ said Shawn Mealey, technical service and development
scientist at Dow. â€œAt the same time, fashion designers are being tasked with
finding fabric solutions that meet consumer and societal expectations for
style, ease of care and durability. With DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749 Emulsion, we can help
meet those needs and provide designers with a water repellent treatment that
aligns with the industryâ€™s overall push for greater sustainability.â€
conducted on a variety of textiles substrates based on DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749 Emulsion
treatment demonstrate improved fabric retention compared to standard silicone
finishes â€“thereby providing continued water repellency after multiple washes.
Unlike many conventional finishes, DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749 Emulsion finish does not
need to be regularly heat treated torestore the water repellency performance,
which is a key advantage for the durability of the final product.
incorporating a DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749 Emulsion treatment into their finishing
processes, textile finishers receive greater control over the hand feel of the
fabric – an important parameter driving consumer choices today. Depending on
specific need, this can range, from a very soft hand feel that is
characteristic of silicone when used alone, to a firmer hand with the addition
will present the specifics of this new durable water repellent solution for
textile finishing during a dedicated webinar on March 2nd at 8 a.m. Eastern
Time. Participants are invited to register online.
technology powering DOWSILâ„¢ IE-8749 Emulsion was developed through a
collaboration between Dow and Nicca Chemical, and was recently recognized by a
2020 R&D 100 Award. It does not contain fluoroalkyl or fluorocarbon.
product comes in addition to several recently announced technologies by Dow in
the textile space, focused on combining high performance, cost-effectiveness,
and improved sustainability profiles. For more information about Dowâ€™s broad
chemistry panel for textile formulation, please visit www.dow.com/textiles.