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Xiameter E-Business Model Offers Lowest-Base Price Silicone Products To Textile Market

New Dow Corning Business Leverages Web To Maximize Profits, Win Price Competition And Offer New Customer Choice In Products For Textile Production<BR><BR>(Midland, Mich. - March 5, 2002) Dow Corning Corp. announced today the launch of a new web-enabled business model using a new brand: XIAMETER. For the serious buyer of silicon-based materials, Xiameter offers dynamic, lowest-base pricing; guaranteed shipping dates; clear order requirements and payment terms; and real time order and inventory control and confirmation for purchasers of commonly used silicon-based fluids, resins, antifoams, and emulsions for textile manufacturers, finishers and clothing manufacturers.<BR><BR>Xiameter, the new measure of value from Dow Corning, was created for the customer who is experienced in purchasing and using silicone products in applications where additional sales, design, and support services are neither needed or wanted. Through web-based regis

New Dow Corning Business Leverages Web To Maximize Profits, Win Price Competition And Offer New Customer Choice In Products For Textile Production(Midland, Mich. - March 5, 2002) Dow Corning Corp. announced today the launch of a new web-enabled business model using a new brand: XIAMETER. For the serious buyer of silicon-based materials, Xiameter offers dynamic, lowest-base pricing; guaranteed shipping dates; clear order requirements and payment terms; and real time order and inventory control and confirmation for purchasers of commonly used silicon-based fluids, resins, antifoams, and emulsions for textile manufacturers, finishers and clothing manufacturers.Xiameter, the new measure of value from Dow Corning, was created for the customer who is experienced in purchasing and using silicone products in applications where additional sales, design, and support services are neither needed or wanted. Through web-based registration and transactions, as well as straightforward business rules, the Xiameter business model from Dow Corning eliminates unnecessary transaction costs to offer commonly used silicone products at the lowest price available.Xiameter products will be available starting March 5, 2002 to registered and qualified purchasers at www.Xiameter.comThe full Xiameter offering includes more than 300 silicon-based fluids, resins and adhesive/sealants. For textile applications, Xiameter Series Fluids and Cyclics grades will be available, along with silanes, antifoams, sufactants and emulsions for use in textile manufacturing and finishing, and clothing manufacturing. Commonly used silicone-based raw materials are available to assist in the formulation of treatments for water or stain repellency, leather or wool softeners and protectants, wetting agents for fabrics and dyes, antistatic agents, antifoaming agents and other processing aids.For "Empowered" registered customers, www.Xiameter.com provides information on pricing, minimum and multiple quantities, safety data sheets (SDS), certificates of chemical equivalencies, and a unique cross-reference tool that recommends Xiameter product equivalents for substitution relative to competitive offsets, as well as to Dow Corning® brand products.Drawing on Dow Corning's vast capability for supplying silicones globally  the most extensive of any silicones supplier worldwide Xiameter guarantees ship dates and ensures reliable supply of high-quality products on predicatable timelines. Minimum order quantities vary between truckloads, tank-carloads, or pallets, depending on the product line purchased. Payment terms of 30 days are extended to qualified registered customers in a number of currencies: U.S. dollars, euros, yen, won, pound sterling, and RMB. Local taxes are not included in the price list."Dow Corning will offer customers new choices for how they buy silicon-based materials. For customers who are truly interested in the lowest competitive prices for silicone, and need no more than the volume raw materials, we offer Xiameter. If customers want value-added services such as product application and technical support, or development innovation with the purchase and use of our materials, they can still choose to buy the Dow Corning brand," noted Dow Corning Chairman and CEO, Gary Anderson."Xiameter offers textile manufacturers the silicone products they need at the lowest-base price," said Don Sheets, Xiameter general manager at Dow Corning. "Xiameter silicones help manufacturers control costs by providing the right products at the right time. We offer top quality at the lowest price with a supply line that is able to ship on time and in the quantities required, around the clock and around the world."As of March 5, 2002, Xiameter products are available to be sold in more than 50 countries, including North America, most of Western Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa and Brazil, among others. A list of Xiameter business rules are available on www.Xiameter.com.Dow Corning, which develops, manufactures, and markets diverse silicon-based products, currently offers more than 7,000 products and services to customers around the world. Dow Corning is a global leader in silicon-based materials with shares equally owned by the Dow Chemical Co. and Corning Inc. More than half of Dow Corning's sales are outside the United States.For more information on Xiameter silicone fluids, resins and RTV adhesive/sealants, contact Dow Corning at www.Xiameter.com, or call 989-496-7772 in North America (US); 01676 528044 in Europe (UK); or +852 2835 0311 in Asia (Hong Kong).




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