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Dow Expands Ecosurf™ Line Of Surfactants, Raises Oxygenated Solvents Prices

Midland, Mich.-based The Dow Chemical Co., a diversified chemical company, has added three new surfactants to its Ecosurf™ line. Developed for use in textile processing; inks, paints and coatings; hard surface cleaning; and agricultural chemicals, Ecosurf EH-3, 6 and 9 Specialty Surfactants offer performance and convenience and comply with strict environmental safety regulations, according to the company. The surfactants also are biodegradable, have a low aquatic toxicity and meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's criteria for the Environment Surfactant Screen.

According to Dow, all three products offer fast dynamic surface tension reduction, and are suitable for ultra-concentrated formulations because they are low-foaming, low-odor and have a narrow gel range. In processing applications in particular, Dow reports it noted an improved hand in fabrics finished using silicone softeners emulsified with Ecosurf EH surfactants when compared to fabrics softened using other methods. The company also claims wetting and penetration times are faster when using Ecosurf EH surfactants versus primary alcohol ethoxylates.

In other company news, effective April 1, 2009, or as contracts allow, Dow will implement a price increase in North America for products in the Oxygenated Solvents portfolio. The company cited continued inflation in raw material costs in announcing the increase.

March 10, 2009