Univar Solutions and Dow strike distribution deal

Univar Solutions and Dow strike distribution deal

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—Univar Solutions Inc. is becoming the exclusive distributor of Vorasurf-brand silicone polyurethane additives from Dow Chemical Co. for North America.

The Downers Grove-based chemical and ingredient distributor said Dow's additives and surfactants "enable improved foam properties by bringing a range of flexibility and rigidness to foam and complement Univar Solutions existing elastomers product line."

"By enhancing our collaboration with Dow as a dedicated supplier of high-quality silicone technologies like Vorasurf, we can continue to provide customers with a broad portfolio of reliable ingredients to solve their toughest challenges and develop more innovative products," said Chris Fitzgerald, coatings, adhesives, sealant and elastomers industry director for Univar Solutions in the U.S.

Applications include molded foam for car seats, rigid foam for insulation and refrigeration, microcellular foam for shoes and flexible foam used in mattresses, Univar said.

Christian Velasquez, Dow global strategic market director for polyurethane additives, said the firm continues to expand its "portfolio to address strong market demands for additives and surfactants, enabling customers to achieve emerging performance, sustainability, and profitability challenges in the polyurethane foam space."