Dow announces new insulation technology
Dow Global Technologies, a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Co., has announced the invention and development of a new brominated Polymeric Flame Retardant (Polymeric FR) material for use in foam insulation. The company intends to license the technology to other manufacturers.
The Polymeric FR is for use in both extruded polystyrene (XPS) and expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam insulation applications. Dow has already licensed the technology to Great Lakes Solutions, a business unit of Chemtura Corp., for use in its foam insulation products. Dow is also engaged in advanced licensing discussions with several other interested companies and expects to finalize these agreements by the end of the year.
The development of Dow’s Polymeric FR technology comes against the backdrop of an ongoing search for a substitute for hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), which is facing some regulatory restrictions in Europe, according to the company.
Fiberon introduces composite post-and-rail fencing
New London, N.C.-based Fiberon added a wooden rail fence to its line of outdoor composite products.
Fiberon’s new Post and Rail Fencing is available in a realistic Coastal Cedar color that is deeply embossed to create the appearance of wood. The easy-maintenance fencing profile includes horizontal rails in a 1.5-in. by 3.75-in. size and routed posts in a 3.5-in. by 3.5-in. size.
“Fiberon has recognized this fencing design growing in popularity, specifically among Homeowner Associations across the country,” said Edie Kello, director of marketing for Fiberon. “Our ability to incorporate Fiberon’s product innovation and technologies to this rustic-style fence provides a visual structure that genuinely looks like natural wood and offers extremely low maintenance for years to come.”
Supreme Court hears Wal-Mart case
The potentially massive workplace discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees against Wal-Mart Stores reached the Supreme Court yesterday, with early points scored for the defense, according to a CNN.com article.
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments and deciding whether the sex-discrimination case can proceed.
Wal-Mart is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end the massive sex discrimination lawsuit, in which the women are claiming that the retailer favors men over women in pay and promotions.
The women suing Wal-Mart are pushing for class action because they say the retailer would have no reason to change its practices if they are forced to sue individually.