The Sanki Sliding Center, home of the luge, bobsled, and skeleton competitions, presented a complex construction project to be safely completed amid difficult geological conditions and terrain at a remote location. The utilization of POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Resins from Dow, and the application of the dry-guniting method for the first time, enabled the world-class run to be completed in record time. This impressive Mountain Cluster venue also relies on PRIMAL™ Acrylic Resin (wood protection), epoxy resins (metal protection and floor coatings), ENDURANCE™ semiconductive and insulation materials (power cables).Dow solutions also enabled the impressive infrastructure improvements that took shape in Sochi and around the region, with products and technologies ranging from Wire & Cable and Piping to Coatings and Polyurethane Systems and Plastics being used in the Coastal and Mountain Clusters, city hotels, power plants and railways. Games with minimal impact on climate As the Official Carbon Partner of Sochi 2014, Dow mitigated the direct carbon footprint associated with the Organizing Committee of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games due to its responsibility to host and deliver the Games. Dow mitigated the Organizing Committee’s direct footprint through the implementation of energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies in the key areas of infrastructure, industry and agriculture. Dow solutions are being used to modernize or update buildings, houses, industries, and farming practices in Russia – helping to generate savings and long-lasting benefits to the host country’s economy. Thanks to Dow’s commitment and leadership, Sochi 2014 will also be the very first Olympic Games to mitigate 100 percent of the estimated travel footprint associated with spectators and media. This significant footprint - one of the major contributors to the emissions of a world-class international event, such as the Olympic Games – was mitigated through a portfolio of high-quality offset projects developed to international standards. This portfolio includes projects from Russia, Brazil and South Korea – Host Countries of the next three Olympic Games. Higher-performing sleds for USA Luge As a technical partner of the USA Luge team since 2007, Dow applied its products and world-class engineering capabilities to improve equipment and develop a new, higher-performing and faster sled for Team USA. Focusing on material selection – over 20 different materials were tested – design and manufacturing, along with extensive testing in the laboratory and on the track with athletes, Dow’s Materials Sciences team at the Michigan Operations’ Core R&D division leveraged technologies and composites provided to customers in strategic markets like Automotive, Infrastructure, Transportation, Building & Construction.
The solutions tailored for USA Luge have shown improved performance versus the materials previously used for the sleds - mainly steel and wood. Riding on sleds improved by Dow innovation, the American team achieved a remarkable four silver medals (two in men’s singles, two in team relay) during the 2013/2014 World Cup circuit.“2014 will be a very special year for Dow in Russia - a strategic country for our Company,” commented Arthur Eritspokhov, Regional Leader and Olympic Operations Executive Director, Dow Greater Russia. “We are looking forward to celebrating 40 years of in-country presence with our customers, partners and employees at the same time as Russia will host the Olympic Winter Games for the first time. Our contributions to the Games and strong businesses in Russia set the perfect stage for another 40 years of growth and success.” About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, 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 180 countries and in high growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2013, Dow had annual sales of more than $57 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 products are manufactured at 201 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.