Dow Polyurethanes Highlight Solutions for Mattress and Pillow Industry at ISPA Expo

Sleep is a science, and the diverse capabilities of polyurethane chemistry provide multiple benefits to create sleep products that deliver a better, more restful sleep. Dow Polyurethanes will showcase its latest comfort science technologies such as high-airflow, moisture-wicking, cool gels, foams and washables at ISPA Expo in Orlando, Florida from March 9-12.

While many factors go into a restful night’s sleep – soft sheets, a dark room – one of the most important is body temperature, which needs to drop about two degrees. Dow’s latest advancements include two products that enable pillows and mattresses to control body temperature. To deliver the optimum "cool sleep" effect, Dow has developed foam with higher airflow and moisture wicking capabilities, keeping pillows and mattresses cool and dry.

In addition to cool and comfortable, clean is also a trending factor. For many consumers, the ability to wash their pillows is a very desirable purchasing factor. After two years, about two-thirds of a pillow’s weight is composed of dead skin cells, bugs, dust mites and their droppings. These proteins can be especially harmful for allergy sufferers who don’t realize their pillows accumulate dust and other buildup.

“The science of sleep is fascinating. We’re using our expertise to develop products to improve sleep based on human behaviors and requirements,” said Chris Chrisafides, Commercial Vice President, Dow Polyurethanes. “Heat buildup results in tossing, turning and a fitful night’s rest, but with innovative polyurethane chemistries we are delivering completely new solutions for a cool, comfortable and healthier sleep.”

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About Dow Polyurethanes: Dow Polyurethanes develops and delivers a broad portfolio of high performance products and tailor-made solutions to customers in a variety of industries, and applications ranging from energy-efficient appliance and construction materials, industrial and infrastructure solutions, infrastructure repair, to consumer comfort solutions in bedding, furniture, and footwear. The business provides key ingredients, fully-formulated systems and solutions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders. Dow is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO), propylene glycol (PG), and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI. Striving to meet the specific needs of its customers in their local geographic regions, Dow Polyurethanes operates a global network of production sites, systems houses and innovation and service centers. The business has an ongoing initiative to lead the industry in providing high-performance products that meet critical market needs and contribute to a more energy efficient, comfortable, healthier and resilient society.