MIDLAND, Mich.—Dow Chemical Co. received another award from R&D Magazine for one of the 100 most influential innovations in 2013.
Dow Polyurethanes, in a collaborative effort with Preferred Sands L.L.C., developed a Preferred RCS Resin Coated Sand with Down Tetraforce Technology, which was honored for its role in helping improve oil productivity and the environmental profile of the hydraulic fracturing process, Dow said.
“We are delighted to be honored with Preferred Sands for this industry-changing technology,” said Chris Chrisafides, commercial director for Dow polyurethanes in North America. “This technology demonstrates how a unique and close collaboration with our customer results in innovation that capitalizes on a growth market while addressing the short and long-term needs of society.”
Dow said the product's polyurethanes coating properties deliver benefits during the oil and gas recovery process, such as saving energy by requiring shorter production cycles and low temperatures and eliminating the need for an external activator.
“The high values of safety and community responsibility we share with Dow position our strategic collaboration for ongoing success,” said Michael O'Neil, Preferred Sands founder and CEO.
Dow Polyurethanes joins four other Dow businesses—Dow Water & Process Solutions, Dow Oil, Gas & Mining, Dow Automotive Systems and Dow AgroSciences—in being honored with R&D 100 Awards for innovative technologies. The firm will receive its awards on Nov. 7 in Las Vegas.
Dow is a global specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics company. It delivers products to customers in about 180 countries in the sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agricultures. The firm reported 2013 sales of $57 billion and employs 53,000 worldwide with more than 6,000 products manufactured at 201 production sites.