Dow Corning Corporation and Rhodia Corporation have announced an agreement
for the development and commercialization of new silica/silane products to
support the tyre industry’s drive for energy efficient, safer motoring.
The agreement aims to develop and commercialize innovative silica/silane
combinations, principally for the tyre industry where the association of
precipitated silica and silane is used in low-energy tyres to help reduce the
rolling resistance and hence the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The silane is the component that enhances the interaction between polymer and silica.
Through this partnership, Dow Corning and Rhodia see opportunities to create
breakthrough solutions for their customers, enabling further performance
improvements in the field of sustainable mobility, such as fuel savings and
Dow Corning chairman, president and CEO, Stephanie Burns, said, “We
are proud to partner with Rhodia to continue our drive towards innovative,
fuel-saving technologies. From this common development platform, we can
better deliver innovative solutions
and enable tyre manufacturers to meet customer demand for more sustainable technologies.”
"This collaboration between two global leaders - Rhodia for
high-performance silica and Dow Corning for silanes - will further
strengthen our technological leadership on a high-growth market" said
Rhodia Chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu. “Rhodia confirms its strategic
focus on markets driven by sustainable development concerns, which currently
represent 30 percent of the group’s sales.”
About Dow Corning
Dow Corning provides
performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000
customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and
innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the
company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow
Corning is a joint venture equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and
Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside
the United States.
is an international chemical company resolutely committed to sustainable
development. As a leader in its businesses, the Group aims to improve its
customers’ performance through the pursuit of operational excellence and its
ability to innovate. Structured around six Enterprises, Rhodia is the partner
of major players in the automotive, tyre, electronics, perfume, health &
beauty and home care markets. The Group employs around 15,000 people worldwide
and generated sales of €4.8 billion in 2007. Rhodia is listed on Euronext
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