Dow Corning creates new plasma technology business

Dow Corning Corp., the Belgian company which develops, manufactures and markets diverse silicon-based products, released a press statement on 15 October announcing its new programme for Atmospheric Pr…

Dow Corning Corp., the Belgian company which develops, manufactures and markets diverse silicon-based products, released a press statement on 15 October announcing its new programme for Atmospheric Pressure Plasma (APP) processing, a new technology for modifying surfaces. The company says the programme will combine unique chemistry and process capabilities to deliver growth and serve customers in textiles, films, fibre coatings and other markets. Dow Corning has formed a new company, Dow Corning Plasma, through the acquisition of the plasma-related assets of Plasma Ireland Ltd., a pioneer in the development of atmospheric plasma equipment, in Cork, Ireland. The new entity will offer its customers APP technology including licensing, equipment, service and materials, providing them with solutions to their surface engineering challenges. Dow Corning Plasma will apply Dow Corning“s own proprietary APP technology. This technology is the result of a joint research effort between Dow Corning and the Centre for Plasma Expertise at the University of Durham (UK); together, the two developed a new process that overcomes the limitations normally associated with conventional coating technologies and vacuum-based chemical vapour deposition processes. Dow Corning claims that this fully atmospheric process does not require low pressure or vacuum conditions, is fit for continuous processing and offers new surface engineering options. Such benefits make a broad range of applications possible: from protective barrier layers and adhesion primers, to soil-resistant fabrics. The acquisition of Plasma Ireland“s plasma-related assets has coupled Dow Corning“s chemistry and development expertise with the former company“s equipment and process know-how. According to Dan Futter, business manager of Dow Corning Plasma, this will make for a “powerful, full-service package that will help Dow Corning customers in many industries to design-in the surface properties they need for their products.”