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Dow Reichhold, SSI Enter Partnership

Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Dow Reichhold Specialty Latex LLC has teamed with Sustainable Solutions Inc. (SSI), Wagoner, Okla., to develop and market products that use regenerated leather and other post-industrial waste. The partnership involves SSI’s SmartStreams™ system that processes manufacturing waste for use in such applications as furniture upholstery and automotive seating; and Dow Reichhold’s refinement of the process through advanced latex binder chemistry and its access to development resources.

“SSI, with our support, is showing manufacturers that good environmental stewardship can be very profitable,” said Galen Hatfield, vice president, development, Dow Reichhold. “ Together, we are developing products from post-industrial waste streams that are of the same — or better — quality as those produced via traditional processes.”

The companies already have produced three branded products: Dilusso™, a leather-like composite rollgood produced from sustainable materials and regenerated leather; Thermold™, a nonwoven with thermo-molding properties; and UrbanWood™, made from shipping pallets and other materials. September/October 2007