Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex L.L.C. has formed alliances with two companies that likely will create new revenue streams and, at the same time, help improve the environment.
The Denham, N.C.-based joint venture of Dow Chemical Co. and Reichhold Inc. reached agreement with Sustainable Solutions Inc. of Wagoner, Okla., to pool their product development and marketing resources to deal with new and existing applications using regenerated leather and other post-industrial waste.
The company also signed a pact with Microban International Ltd. to create anti-mold technology for gypsum wallboard.
Richard Emerson, vice president of manufacturing and technology for Dow Reichhold, said Sustainable Solutions has developed a SmartStreams unit to process manufacturing waste, such as leather scrap, to be used in seating, furniture upholstery and other applications.
Dow Reichhold enhances the process through both advanced latex binder chemistry and access to product development resources, Emerson said at the International Latex Conference, held Aug. 21-22 in Las Vegas. It's an ideal way to take post-industrial waste and turn it into value-added applications, he said.
Branded products the companies have come up with thus far include Thermold, a nonwoven material with thermomolding properties that can be used to replace plastics; Dilusso, a specialty composite rollgood that offers the look and feel of natural leather; and UrbanWood, an alternative for medium-density fiberboard.
The new offerings use a variety of materials, including latex, Emerson said.
By combining the expertise and technology of the two firms, new revenue streams are being created for customers, and companies are having a positive impact on the environment, he said.
Dow Reichhold's alliance with Huntersville, N.C.-headquartered Microban calls for the company to combine its PolySaf polymer technology with Microban antimicrobial technology for gypsum wallboard used in residential and commercial construction, said Emerson.
``We're looking to use a variety of latexes to provide a functionality to new applications,'' he said.
By combining the two technologies, the companies can create a step up in the performance and effectiveness of wallboard, Microban CEO David Myers said.
Mold is a big concern of wallboard users, according to Emerson. Combining the two technologies through a unique encapsulation process, a high level of sustainable antimicrobial protection is provided along with the needed binding, he said.