Dow Automotive and PolyOne announce alliance

Dow Automotive, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co. and its subsidiaries (Dow), and PolyOne Corp. announced an agreement for the development and commercialization of PolyOne’s OnColor Smartbatch Color & Additive concentrates in combination with Dow Automotive’s natural thermoplastic resins in Europe. Effective immediately, PolyOne will be Dow’s preferred partner for all new colors related to Magnum ABS, Pulse PC/ABS and Inspire performance polymers for automotive use.

“With continuously changing market conditions and increased requirements from the automotive OEMs and their tier suppliers, we are certain that, in PolyOne, we have selected a company that will offer our customers the best product, technical and commercial services possible,” said Jean-Michel Duplouis, Dow Automotive production director, plastics (Europe). “In addition to their knowledge of the market, we believe they have the necessary product, technical and commercial expertise and are confident that our alliance will enable an improved offering to the automotive market.”

Christoph Palm, general manager, color & additives (Europe), for PolyOne, said, “We are very pleased by Dow Automotive’s decision to select us for all new color developments for their performance polymers. PolyOne has developed considerable expertise over the years through the efforts of our dedicated automotive commercial, technical, and production teams. Dow Automotive’s decision to work with PolyOne recognizes this investment.”

Dow Automotive is a leading provider of PU, elastomers, films, emissions solutions and acoustic-management materials to the global transportation industry.

PolyOne Corp., with 2008 annual revenues of $2.7 billion, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. [email protected]

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