Midland, Michigan - Dow Polyurethanes will unveil its new natural oil polyol technology and its newly expanded systems capabilities at the 50th Annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference and UTECH North America exhibition, 24-26 Sept 2007 in Orlando, Florida. Dow executives will also discuss the changing global landscape and its impact on the future of the polyurethanes industry. Dow Hyperlast, a UK-based PU systems business bought by Dow Polyurethanes from British Vita in May of this year, will welcome visitors at Stand 216 at the UTECH North America exhibition. Midland-headquartered Dow will also present 15 technical papers at the conference organised by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, on topics including renewable feedstocks, recycling, and recent advances in viscoelastic foams. On Tuesday 25 Sept, Dow will reveal the name of its new natural oil polyol technology at a breakfast seminar for customers. Customers will be able to see how this sophisticated technology uses natural vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, to create polyols with high levels of renewable content that can be used in a wide variety of polyurethane applications, said a company statement. Dow claims its natural oil polyol technology delivers the processing and performance customers expect from Dow, without the odour typically associated with soya products. According to life-cycle analysis conducted by Dow researchers, Dow's natural oil polyol technology is greenhouse-gas neutral and uses up to 60 percent less fossil fuel resources than the manufacturing of conventional polyols. Doug Warner, business director for Dow Polyols, a business unit of Dow Polyurethanes, who will deliver the opening remarks at the event as chairman of the CPI event, said in Dow's statement, "the PU industry is attuned to the ever-changing needs of the market. In order to meet these needs, the industry continually expands its product offerings and develops new technologies. "Today's polyurethane products meet sophisticated application requirements and help our customers achieve regulatory compliance. New advanced technologies redefine the industry itself and provide customers with alternative product offerings," Warner added. PIC: Dow's David Babb discussed customer evaluations of the natural oil polyols at last year's API conference in Salt Lake City. "