New products: Dow introduces next generation silicone surfactants

New products: Dow introduces next generation silicone surfactants

MIDLAND, Mich.—With the launch of the next generation of Vorasurf—Dow Inc.'s low cyclics, low volatile silicone surfactants—flexible polyurethane foam formulators have access to a what the company calls "a set of higher-performing surfactant options for mattresses, couches and other upholstered furniture with an improved sustainability profile."

Vorasurf polyurethane surfactants 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, Dow said.

"Flexible polyurethane foam formulators around the world are facing growing demands from brand owners and consumers for improved physical performance and ergonomics, as well as enhanced health and sustainability profiles for their foams," Justin Weare, Dow's North America marketing manager for polyurethane additives, said in a statement. "This new series of novel Vorasurf surfactants is a testament to Dow's commitment to bringing high quality, profitable polyurethane surfactant technology to the foam industry that address both the latest market trends and technical requirements."

These new-generation additives also allow formulators to comply with regulatory and sustainability requirements around the world, helping ensure safe and compliant furniture products, the company added.

Dow's Vorasurf series includes:

  • Vorasurf DC 5951LV additive, which is 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, a new-generation surfactant that Dow claims to offer finer control over cell size and foam recovery properties in flexible foam applications; and
  • Vorasurf DC 5906LV, DC 5950LV and DC 198LV additives, which are low cyclics, low volatile grades of globally recognized industry standards for bedding and furniture, including medium-high density conventional foams, MDI viscoelastic foams and applications requiring excellent flame retardancy.

Dr. Sachit Goyal, Dow's technical service and development specialist, will present the specifics of these new options and showcase their performance attributes in flexible polyurethane foam applications in a webinar at 9:30 a.m. EST on Nov. 19. Click here to register online.

For more information about Dow's silicone polyurethane surfactants portfolio, visit

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