MIDLAND, Mich. (Oct. 5)—Dow Chemical Co. has launched a new line of catalytically active polyols the firm claims "dramatically reduces amine emissions from polyurethane foam." In Dow's proprietary process, the catalytic amine activity is grafted onto the polyol, saving customers a formulating step. This simplifies the production of typical PU parts, including automotive seating, parts for reducing noise, vibration and harshness and for energy absorption, plus instrument panels, headliners, carpet cushioning, packaging, bedding and furnishings. With these polyols, "we are not only able to help simplify our customers' processes and reduce VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions, but also give our customers previously unobtainable product performance," said David Fischer, vice president of Dow's polyurethanes business. Foam manufacturers that use Dow's Voranol Voractiv polyols will be able to reduce the amount of amine catalysts they need to add during the foaming process and hence reduce or eliminate staining, fogging, and odor caused by emission of amines, Dow claims.