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2012.08.09
UtilX® joins forces with Dow Corning to improve power distribution reliability


Power cable reliability specialists UtilX® Corporation and global silicones leader Dow Corning Corporation, have announced a new business collaboration to help power companies and other cable owners improve the reliability of their power distribution systems. The agreement is an extension of a successful relationship between the two companies established more than 20 years ago.

The collaboration will bring together UtilX’s expertise in developing and applying technologies that extend the life of power cables with Dow Corning’s expertise in material science and silicone manufacturing.

As part of the relationship, UtilX may use the Powered by Dow CorningTM brand on packaging, commercial and technical information for all UtilX rejuvenation fluids. Dow Corning will continue to provide UtilX with exclusive use of its proven cable rejuvenation fluids and act as sole manufacturer of all rejuvenation fluids developed by UtilX. This includes DMDB, the latest generation CableCURE® injection fluid. Originally developed to meet demanding European standards, DMDB is now available domestically and worldwide as an exclusive injection option for UtilX customers.

The extended relationship will help make it more convenient for power utility companies to take advantage of silicone injection technology to assist in extending the life of their power cables and reducing the problem of unscheduled outages.

“Our relationship with UtilX has been cultivated over many years – I’m delighted that we can extend this through our new association,” said Patrick McLeod, vice president for Dow Corning Specialty Chemicals. “Both our companies have extensive experience in developing and delivering technologies that can help power utility companies to enhance reliability and reduce power outages. Combining this expertise through a manufacturing and co-branding agreement enables us to help companies deal with one of their most significant challenges – the long term damage caused by water and environmental exposure.”

Jack Stel, president & CEO of UtilX, considers the relationship with Dow Corning an essential part of UtilX’s commitment to the highest standard of fluid quality. “It is not theory that goes into a cable’s insulation but a real world manufactured product. UtilX’s CableCURE® fluids are of the highest possible quality, manufactured by Dow Corning in the U.S. to exacting Dow Corning/UtilX quality control standards. To date, UtilX has rejuvenated more than 100 million feet of unreliable power cable with the CableCURE injection technology and process,” he said.

About Dow Corning
Dow Corning (dowcorning.com) 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 equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning's global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

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About UtilX Corporation
UtilX®, a Willbros company (NYSE:WG), offers its proprietary, patented CableCURE® injection service and other reliability and testing services throughout the United States and serves international customers through subsidiaries and licensees in dozens of countries on four continents.
For more information on UtilX Corporation or CableCURE injection technology, please visit: www.utilx.com or call 1-800-252-0556 in the United States and (+1) 253-395-0200 from outside the U.S.

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Powered by Dow CorningTM is a trademark of Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, Michigan, U.S.A.

CableCURE® is a trademark of UtilX Corporation, Kent, Washington, U.S.A.

 


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