SWINE FLU: Biotech & Chemical companies most to Gain
Biotechs will gain for the ovbious reasons, while Chemical companies will gain because of the more attention to cleaning to keep surfaces touched by the general public clean and free of Swine Flu. Chemicals produced by DOW chemical for example are used as ingredients in many of the cleaning products on the market today.
Household Cleaner ingredients produced by DOW Chemical: Acrylic Monomers
Acrylic acid is used to produce polyacrylic acid or crosslinked polyacrylic acid compounds, which are used in the manufacture of detergents and waste water treatment chemicals, as well as in superabsorbent polymers for diapers and hygiene products. Amines
Dow Ethanolamines are used in heavy-duty liquid laundry detergents for their efficient cleaning qualities and effective soil anti-redeposition.
Ethyleneamine-based fabric softeners are commonly added to textile materials to make them less harsh, "softer" or more pleasing to the touch.
Isopropanolamine Mixture is used in hand cleaner formulations. (check with Personal Care). Biocides
Disinfectants - Dow biocides, such as UCARCIDE™, BIOBAN™, TRIS NITRO™ and AMICAL™ prevent microbial contamination of laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dishwashing liquids, household and industrial cleaners.
Preservatives - Biocides used for general household, industrial and institutional, cleaning and laundry products CARBOWAX™ PEGs and MPEGs
CARBOWAX™ PEGs and MPEGs are water soluble and intert with low volatility and toxicity, exhibiting good solvent properties for ingredients used in a wide range of household cleaning products. Caustic Soda
Caustic Soda is an essential ingredient for bleach, detergents, soaps, sewer and drain cleaners, and numerous other household, industrial and institutional cleaning products. CELLOSIZE™ Hydroxyethyl Cellulose
CELLOSIZE™ Hydroxyethyl Cellulose finds utility in many household products as a thickener, stabilizer, and binder. Chlorinated Organics
Perchlorethylene is the most widely used dry cleaning solvent in the world, due to its efficient solvency, ease of recycling and the availability of technology that allows for safe handling. Dow Fabric & Surface Care
Dow Fabric & Surface Care, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, is a leading provider of innovative solutions to the household and institutional cleaning market. Dow F&SC is focused on developing convenient, customized solutions for maintaining fresher, cleaner and healthier homes and businesses. Dow Oxygenated Solvents
Dow Oxygenated Solvents such as DOWANOL™ glycol ether, CELLOSOLVE™ glycol ether, CARBITOL™ glycol ethers and isopropanol, increase the effectiveness of household and institutional cleaners and degreasers and allow wide formulating opportunities. Additional benefits are low odor, low toxicity and good biodegradability. DOW Polypropylene Glycols and Copolymers
DOW™ Polypropylene Glycols and Copolymers offer low foaming performance for household and institutional applications. DOW Propylene Glycols
DOW™ Propylene Glycols (PG) play a significant role in the manufacture of many industrial and end-use products, such as solvent fluids; chemical intermediates; hydraulic fluids; plasticizers and thermoset plastics; heavy duty liquid laundry detergents. DOWICIL™ Antimicrobials
DOWICIL™ Antimicrobial is designed to provide reliable and effective antimicrobial protection in a wide range of water-based products and formulations. Primary preservative applications for DOWICIL are household cleaners, waxes and detergents. ECOSURF™ SA Surfactants
ECOSURF™ SA Surfactants are readily biodegradable, high performing surfactants for cleaners that are gentle on the environment but though on dirt. Ethylene Glycols (EG)MEGlobal
Ethylene glycols are used as intermediates in the production of raw materials for countless household, industrial and institutional cleaners and degreasers. Ethylene Oxide (EO)
Derivatives of ethylene oxide are used as intermediates in the production of raw materials for countless household, industrial and institutional cleaners and degreasers. Formulation Services
Rapid Formulation Development can quickly and accurately generate formulations to assist brand owners in meeting their product claims. HYPOL™ Hydrophilic Polyurethane Prepolymers
For bio-support systems to entrap enzymes, proteins or other biological materials. METHOCEL™ Cellulose Ethers
Use of METHOCEL™ cellulose ethers provides viscosity control, cling, foaming, soil anti-redeposition, and emulsion stabilization to household cleaners and detergents. POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Resins
POLYOX™ Resins serve as thickeners, binders, lubricants and water-retention agents in many cleaning and personal care products. They act as thickener, binder, lubricant and water-retention agent. Polypropylene Glycols and Copolymers
Offers low foaming performance and excellent surfactancy, chemical stability and solvency for household and institutional applications, including dishwashing detergents and hard surface cleaners, and in cleaning products used in restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, and other hospitality establishments. DOWFAX™ nonionic surfactants are available in Europe. Propylene Oxide
Propylene Oxide is a versatile chemical intermediate and one of the main components in the production of urethanes, which are used in many consumer applications. They are used in household detergents, and other products made using propylene oxide are flame retardants, synthetic lubricants and textile surfactants. Quat 188
Quat 188 is a cationic monomer and key component in laundry cloths, removing dye from wash water and helping clothes stay bright. SAFECHEM Europe GmbH
SAFECHEM Europe GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, provides solutions for the industrial cleaning industry. SAFECHEM enables the safe and sustainable use of chlorinated solvents in a variety of high-quality cleaning applications and supports users in their efforts to meet the principles of Responsible Care® and Product Stewardship by offering active risk management for the use of solvents. Surfactants
Dow surfactants, such as TERGITOL™ nonionic surfactants, DOWFAX™ anionic surfactants and TRITON™ low foam surfactants, offer excellent surface tension reduction, wetting, detergency and soil removal, rinseability and a range of desirable foam properties in cleaning formulations. VERSENE™ Chelating Agents
Improves the performance of household, industrial and institutional cleaning products and increases cleaning stage effectiveness for all types of fabrics; creates equal brightness and more uniform tensile strength from the bleaching stages and more uniform dye colors in the dyeing stages.
Chelants help maintain clarity, retard rancidity, prevent streaking, remove hard water soap/film, and prevent scale in a wide variety of cleaner formulations including hard surface cleaners, laundry detergents, liquid soaps, germicidal and anti-bacterial cleansing preparations, and vehicle cleaners. VERSENE™ HEIDA™ Chelating Agents
VERSENE™ HEIDA™ chelating agent is a readily biodegradable chelating agent for cleaning applications.