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Dow’s POLYOX™ Water-soluble Polymers Win Edison GOLD Award in Protection & Safety Category
Time:May 07,2015    Clicks:363
The Edison Awards presented Dow with a GOLD Award in the Protection & Safety category for POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Polymers. POLYOX™, which is a Dow “Breakthrough to a World Challenge,” was recognized for its broad global impact on health and hygiene.

The Edison Awards judging committee, comprised of more than 3,000 leading business executives in the product development, design, engineering, science and medical fields, recognized Dow POLYOX™ technology for bringing distinct performance and sensorial benefits to Unilever's Lifebuoy™ soap, providing a longer-lasting hygienic product for better value in economically challenged regions.

“Our collaboration with Unilever enabled us to equip more people with the first defense against many illnesses: hand washing,” said Ralf Brinkmann, business president, Dow Consumer Care. “With technologies like POLYOX™ we not only create chemistries that set our customers' products apart, we also help improve consumers` lives and experience.”

After a range of tests, Dow scientists delivered technology to develop a new formulation constructed of non-ionic polymers with a high-molecular weight, bringing valuable technical characteristics, such as lubricity, binding, water retention, thickening and film formation.

“Hand washing is one of the most critical steps in combating preventable diseases and maintaining health, but for millions around the world it’s considered a luxury. Our technology in Lifebuoy™ soap is helping change that, noted Chad Holzer, global business director, Dow Home, Institutional and Personal Care Solutions.

The Edison Awards have been recognizing and honoring the best in innovations and innovators since 1987. They honor game-changing innovations that are at the forefront of new product and service development, marketing and human-centered design, and are one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of successful innovation.

“We are very pleased to receive this award for our work with Lifebuoy™ soap, which is actually a fairly sophisticated piece of technology,” says Nilesh Shah, senior R&D director, Dow Home, Institutional and Personal Care Solutions. “It must have the perfect balance of cleaning and sensorial benefits to effectively deliver both the proper cleaning capabilities while feeling great on the skin.”