Foaming films are an excellent choice for a more sustainable package, reducing the usage of resin by 10 – 20 percent, and are widely used in applications such as pigmented and/or printed packaging for consumer packaged goods as well as industrial films.“Through this agreement, both companies are demonstrating their commitment to create superior foamed products that have less impact on the environment,” said Greg Bunker, associate marketing director, Dow Performance Packaging. “The results will help our customers address their sustainability platforms and develop low environmental impact technology.” Earlier this year, Dow and MuCell announced a similar partnership where the two companies agreed to exclusively license Dow’s patent family on flat sheet resin technology. Polymeric Flame Retardants The power of Dow’s scientific leadership and the reach afforded through the licensing process have also fueled a transformation within the polystyrene foam insulation market. Dow’s groundbreaking and award-winning Polymeric Flame Retardant solution is quickly becoming the new, global industry standard. “Dow applied its polymer expertise, as well as its competency in environment, health and safety modeling to find a new flame retardant solution the entire polystyrene foam industry could use,” said Inken Beulich, senior R&D manager, Dow Building Solutions. “Dow’s polymeric solution meets the stringent building and construction energy efficiency codes and extensive fire safety performance standards, while offering a superior sustainability profile. Further, as a result of the manufacturing/marketing licenses, this revolutionary technology is now available to the polystyrene foam insulation industry worldwide.” Dow’s Polymeric Flame Retardant is poised to be the next generation industry standard flame retardant for use in both extruded and expanded polystyrene foam insulation applications globally, and has been honored as a 2012 R&D 100 winner, was runner-up in The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards, and earned the 4 th annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award. About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.