Two packaging technologies from The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) Packaging and Specialty Plastics business were awarded 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The annual R&D 100 Awards recognizes the most significant technology inventions of the past year. R&D Magazine announced the winners on Nov. 13 at an awards dinner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Both of the winning products were commercialized in the last year and developed as a market-focused solution to address key customer challenges in a more sustainable way. The two winners are:
- PacXpert Packaging Technology, a flexible, lightweight alternative to rigid packaging. The technology requires less material to manufacture and allows for more efficient shipping.
- Polyethylene (PE) Stand-Up Pouch, which provides packaging for frozen and dried foods. It is suitable to be recycled in communities with existing PE film recycling streams and eligible to use the How2Recycle label.
“I am very proud of Dow’s world-class engineers and scientists who developed these products as a direct response to our customers seeking high-performing, more sustainable solutions,” said Diego Donoso, President for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “As evidenced by our 2025 Sustainability Goals launched earlier this year, Dow has made a strong commitment to creating more sustainable innovations that not only meet customer needs but also benefit society. It’s an honor to have these important innovations recognized with an R&D 100 Award.”
Overall, 21 Dow technologies garnered nominations, which is the highest number of nominations for any single developer. Seven Dow products received awards last week. Last year, five Dow products were named R&D 100 award winners, making Dow’s history as a leading innovator.