Shanghai, China – China’s rapid urbanization reflects a global megatrend
that brings both challenges and opportunities for the country’s
sustainable growth, as indicated in its 12th Five-Year Plan. A
modern public transportation system helps the metropolis operate smoothly,
energy-efficiently and safely. As city planners continually seek sustainable
solutions to improve mass transportation and to accommodate record ridership,
Dow Corning silicone structural sealants are helping make the Shanghai Metro’s
platform screen doors more effective and energy-efficient.
The screen doors separate the metro platform from the cars to improve
passenger safety and must be able to withstand pressure from wind, crowds,
impacts, and earthquakes, which puts rigorous demands on the silicone sealant
used on the glass and door frames. Shanghai Metro engineers selected Dow
Corning structural glazing sealants because of its strength, durability, and
stability at high and low temperature.
In addition to making Metro stations safer by separating the train and the
platform, Dow Corning weather-proofing sealants reduce the amount of energy
consumed by the environmental control system, including heat in the winter and
air conditioning in the summer.
“I have witnessed the rapid development and the great strides being made
within the vast Metro network in Shanghai,” said Doug Kempf, Dow Corning High
Performance Building Solutions Greater China Commercial Manager.
“Silicone-based materials have played a key role in the transportation
infrastructure as well as construction projects around the city by lowering
carbon emissions, reducing energy consumption, and improving durability of
structures. They create living and working environments that are healthier and
safer for everyone.”
The positive results on screen doors on Shanghai Metro Line have resulted in
them also being used in other cities across China, including Beijing,
Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shenyang, Chengdu and Tianjin.
Beyond its proven performance such as durability, safety and energy
efficiency, silicone and silicon-based technology is regularly finding new ways
to address societal challenges, including energy consumption reduction, water
conservation, and renewable resources enhancement.
“Much of Dow Corning’s innovation portfolio is designed to address emerging
megatrends by offering innovative solutions and technologies for some of
society’s most pressing needs such as safety and security, energy efficiency,
rising urbanization and climate change,” said Kempf. “Sustainability is an
essential requirement for our future success, as it will help us meet the
changing needs of our customers and markets.”
In China, Dow Corning’s products have been used in a number of high profile
projects such as Shanghai Expo 2010 Theme Pavilion, China Pavilion, and
Performing Arts Center. Dow Corning’s structural sealant solutions also have
played a key role in a majority of the top-20 highest building in the world
like Burj Khalifa Tower, Taipei 101, Petronus Twin Tower, and so on.
“China is essential to Dow Corning’s success. Our integrated silicone
manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang, China’s largest facility of its kind, our
Songjiang plant and Shanghai-based Dow Corning Business and Technology Center
well positioned us in this market,” said Kempf.
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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
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