Olympic Stadium Showcases Dow Products

Posted on 8/20/2012 8:17:47 AM By Chemical Week

The London 2012 Olympic Games showcased the Olympic stadium, an impressive structure featuring a number of innovations by Dow Chemical. The company signed a deal in 2010 to become a worldwide Olympic partner and the official "chemistry company" of the Olympics through 2020. Dow estimated, when the agreement was signed, that it would generate market opportunities totaling about $1 billion over 10 years. The 80,000-seat stadium is wrapped in a fabric based on the latest generation of Dow elastomers. It is a lightweight polyester fabric with a polyolefin elastomer-based coating to make the wrap durable. Additionally, insulation materials, sealants, and adhesives supplied by Dow help to improve the stadium's energy efficiency, and the Olympic track uses a Dow binding agent. Elsewhere in London's Olympic park, the hockey pitch is made from 40,000 sq meters of turf containing Dow's octene-based polyethylene resins.

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