Tudela, Spain - Dow Chemical Co. and Saip Equipment have launched an initiative aimed at boosting the profile of polyurethane panels in the construction industry.
The project called cedepa (Continuous Panel Development Centre or Centro de Desarrollo del Panel en Continuo) is an industrial-scale line fully devoted to testing and prototyping activities, Dow said in 7 July announcement.
The initiative's aim is to speed up the development of new solutions in the manufacturing of PU panels for thermal insulation.
Based in Tudela, Spain, cedepa will serve Dow and Saip customers worldwide and is also open to external R&D and technology centres, universities and certification organisations, Dow said.
"Dow's business strategy is to accelerate innovation and foster our customer's differentiation," commented Jon Penrice, general manager for Dow Thermosets Systems in EMEA.
He added, "We are investing in new systems and services that meet or anticipate our customers' demands, and the final markets' direction and needs."
Dow said the project aims to increase energy efficiency through enhanced thermal insulation, as well as simplifying and accelerating their construction phase, durability and safety including fire performance.