Dow and the Evolution of STYROFOAM


STYROFOAMSTYROFOAM™ was developed by Dow in the USA in the 1940s and has been used for more than 40 years as a sustainable core of composite components. Continuous progress in the production technology behind the famous blue extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) has resulted in a broad range of products for a wide variety of applications, from refrigerated vehicle construction to pipe section insulation and from window to door panels.

STYROFOAM™ panels in the immediately recognizable blue have repeatedly proven successful in extremely demanding applications, and are highly sought after by manufacturers of branded products worldwide - as well as their customers. This practical long-term experience has provided Dow with well-founded technical and technological know-how; an important pre-requisite for the successful development of intelligent and innovative solutions for composite component production. It is this wealth of expertise and the ability to innovate that make Dow one of the leading manufacturers of core layer materials made from extruded polystyrene foam today.

STYROFOAMDow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe.