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As a leading global chemical company focused on bringing innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, The Dow Chemical Company launched today the Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition, an international challenge open to architecture, design and engineering students and professionals. The competition challenges students to develop innovative projects incorporating active and passive solar technologies, among other sustainable construction-related solutions, to design near-zero energy multi-family dwellings.

"Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Dow, so this competition is a great way to learn from today's students about the type of sustainable design solutions we need to foster for the future," explained Pat Nugent, director of new business development, Dow Solar. "Having this type of global collaboration and input is also a wonderful way to find creative approaches to incorporating energy efficiency and solar capabilities into a home. The aesthetics are becoming more important for consumers who want to live more sustainably, but don't want their lifestyle or home to be compromised, so it will be especially exciting to see the blend of art and science in these near zero designs."

Given the collaborative nature of the competition and the increasingly interconnectedness of the Information Age, the competition will live exclusively online at www.designtozero.com . Registration for the competition is open through September 25 (final date for registration payment). All proceeds from registration will go toward an NGO to be announced by Dow Solar. All final housing designs must be submitted by October 31. The prizes, including first, second and third prize winners of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 will be announced at an event in the Spring of 2012.

The Dow Solar Design to Zero competition aligns with Dow's commitment and vision articulated in its ambitious 2015 sustainability goals, which include developing and applying innovative technologies and collaborations that further sustainability. The Dow Solar Design to Zero Competition also supports Dow's role as global partner in the U.N.-designated 2011 International Year of Chemistry. The initiative celebrates achievements in science and the potential of chemistry to address world challenges, encourage interest in chemistry among young people and generate enthusiasm for the creative future of this science.

In the home, they help cookies slide easily from their baking sheets. Outside, they help electricity get from one location to another more reliably. At the office and on the go, they help computer and smart-phone keypads withstand constant use day after day. Their flexibility, ability to perform at wide temperature ranges, electrical insulation properties, and durability are just a few of the ways standard silicone rubbers impact our daily lives.

"The selection of silicone rubber for use in a broad array of applications is a testament to its incredible versatility, and to the creativity and innovative nature of silicone rubber fabricators," said Justin Jorgensen, global marketing manager for Dow Corning's XIAMETER® brand, which offers high-quality, standard silicone rubbers online.

To consumers, there is little noticeable difference between the predominant types of silicone rubbers: high consistency rubber (HCR) bases, HCR compounds, and liquid silicone rubber (LSR). To fabricators, they are worlds apart.

In applications in which uncured rubber is extruded through a die to form a uniform size and shape, such as cables and hoses, HCRs are preferred because they retain their shape while they cure. LSRs generally are more suitable for injection molding applications that require complex, intricate molds, such as baby bottle nipples, or for use in highly automated injection molding systems with production runs involving large numbers of molded parts.

"Rubber application and processing requirements vary across the board, which can make selecting the right products a challenge," said Jorgensen. "With the XIAMETER brand, we provide fabricators with the standard silicone rubber products they need without the cost or complexity of unnecessary customization."

To accommodate growing customer needs, the XIAMETER brand recently added the XIAMETER® RBL-9200 series of general purpose LSRs, which can be used in a range of applications such as grommets, gaskets, seals and keypads. These LSRs feature improved rheology, which means the rubber can flow into molds more easily, as well as longer pot life, giving fabricators more time to work with the material before it cures.

"The products included in our XIAMETER RBL-9200 series give fabricators additional flexibility in the manufacturing process," Jorgensen said. "The characteristics of these rubbers generally make them easier to work with and can even help fabricators be more efficient."

To help fabricators select the standard LSR or HCR that best meet their specific performance requirements, the XIAMETER brand has added eight new rubber selection guides to its website. Separate downloadable PDFs selector guides provide overviews of the rubber products available to customers in the Americas (HCR and LSR), Europe (HCR and LSR), Asia (HCR and LSR), and Japan specifically (HCR and LSR). In addition, an easy-to-use, online selector guide is available to help customers select the HCR compounds they need.

For more information visit: www.xiameter.com

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, celebrated its 50th anniversary in Mexico today with a gala for employees and customers at the Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia.

“We are here to celebrate a half-century of working closely with Mexican-based businesses and research organizations to create silicon-based solutions specifically designed to meet the needs and address the challenges facing customers in Mexico and in the region,” said David Jacome, general manager of Dow Corning de México, S.A. de C.V.

Because many silicones resist the effects of aging, weather, sunlight, moisture, heat, cold, and some chemical assaults, they are used in a large number of key Mexican industries, including construction, textiles, beauty and personal care, automotive, and oil and gas. These industries have been served through its Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands.

The XIAMETER brand offers transparent, market-based prices for more than 2,500 standard silicone products, including silicone fluids, sealants, silanes, emulsions and rubber, through streamlined services and a web-enabled order platform.

Dow Corning also supports its customers through research and development with a focus on sustainability initiatives, a regional manufacturing facility, a global supply chain, and application and technical service engineers who work closely with local customers to identify local trends and needs.

“Through the dedication and hard work of our employees and the enthusiastic support of our customers, we are well-positioned to help Mexico continue to grow and compete in the global marketplace,” Jacome said

Dow Corning 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.

Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group joint ventures, which includes Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.

The XIAMETER® brand of Dow Corning Corporation offers market-based prices for standard silicone products. Introduced in 2002, the brand offers more than 2,500 products including silicone fluids, sealants, silanes, emulsions and rubber. The XIAMETER brand is a no-frills model offering cost effective products through streamlined services and a web-enabled order platform.

The XIAMETER® business model was expanded in 2009 and now offers customers enhanced self-service functionality, extended volume quantity options, transparent pricing, and more credit term choices. In addition, a broader range of standard silicone products is offered as well as the ability to purchase through local distribution.

For more information visit: www.xiameter.com

Dow Corning Corporation’s board of directors elected Robert D. Hansen, CEO of Dow Corning, effective immediately. Stephanie A. Burns, Ph.D., remains chairman. Hansen, 50, has been employed by Dow Corning for 29 years and was named president in November 2010. He will continue to serve as president.

“In the six months Bob has served as president he has brought focused attention to creating the capabilities needed to support Dow Corning’s growth,” said Burns. “With Bob’s record of strong business leadership and results, our board of directors and I are very confident in his ability to lead Dow Corning in a new era of global expansion, technological exploration, and sustainable innovation.”

“As chairman, I will remain deeply engaged providing counsel and advice on the company’s business strategy, as well as support to Bob as he transitions into his new role and I prepare for retirement,” added Burns.

“We’ve experienced tremendous growth in this company in the past several years,” said Hansen. “Under Stephanie’s leadership, Dow Corning has grown from a $2 billion company to a $6 billion company. Across the globe, with employees far and wide, she has reignited our passion for innovation. We are well down the path to achieving our vision because of her leadership. I speak for the eleven thousand employees at Dow Corning who are grateful to her for giving us the legacy of innovation, a commitment to sustainable growth and most importantly, the pure dedication and passion she has brought to this company every day.”

Hansen joined Dow Corning’s Finance function in 1982, in Midland. Six years later, he relocated to Brazil as regional finance manager, returning to the U.S. in 1992 as economic evaluator and controller for the Rubber business.  Hansen became the manager for the South American region in 1996. Following that, he had numerous roles including product line management, procurement director and global oversight for Dow Corning’s Construction business before being named European Area president in 2002.

Hansen was named vice president and general manager of the Core Products Business in 2005, and was subsequently promoted to executive vice president.

A graduate of Valparaiso University, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, Hansen now serves on the university’s board of directors. He is also actively involved in the community serving on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Central Michigan and Midland County United Way.  He was the chair of Midland’s 2010 United Way campaign.

Hansen is a native of Midland, where he and his wife, Kathy, now reside. They have two grown children and one grandchild.

Additional quotes from Stephanie Burns:

“As Bob assumes the role of CEO, in addition to ensuring the company’s continued success, I will be able to devote more time to issues that I am passionate about including actively promoting the use of solar and renewable energy in the US and across the globe and, advocating for continued support of math and science education.”

“My husband, Gary, and I joined Dow Corning together 28 years ago. Both of us have had careers greater than we ever imagined. Our careers have kept us extremely busy. We are looking forward to spending more time together, with our grandchildren and to travel, and to broadly share our passion for math and science education.”

“It’s been my privilege to lead this company in the past decade. We’ve reignited our passion for innovation, we’re making great strides in our commitment to be truly sustainable and, we’re growing. Since 2003 our sales have grown 2.3 times and profits grew 6.1 times. There will always be challenges ahead but I could not be happier, or more proud, of the accomplishments of my team and our employees.”

“Bob Hansen has been a member of Dow Corning’s executive leadership team for many years. We have worked together closely in that time, and in fact, for most of our careers. I have the greatest confidence in him to lead this company and ensure that the commitment to sustainable innovation and continued growth remains strong.”

Dow Corning 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® (www.xiameter.com) 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.

For more information visit: www.dowcorning.com

Dow Corning Corporation, a global leader in silicon-based technology, is the overall lead sponsor of the eighth annual ICIS Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry.

The awards enable companies to celebrate their success in the vital activity of innovation and the increasingly important areas of sustainability and environmental performance.

Awards are presented in five categories:

* Best Product Innovation
* Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME)
* Best Business Innovation
* Best Innovation for Sustainability
* Innovation with the Best Environmental Benefit

Dow Corning has been lead sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards since 2004.

For more information visit: http://www.icis.com/staticpages/awards_home.htm

WHERE:    European Coatings CONGRESS 2011
Nuremberg, Germany

WHO:    Steve Block
Business Development manager
Dow Corning Corporation

WHEN:     March 29, 14:00-14:30
Session 15: Functional Materials

WHAT:    Advancement towards Clean Surfaces

Surfaces routinely touched in use are commonly contaminated with hard to remove fingerprints, skin oil, sweat, dirt and cosmetics. Continued developments in fluorosilicone chemically modified surfaces are targeting easy to clean and stay clean properties. Modified perfluoropolyether (PFPE) silanes exhibit high static and advancing water and oil contact angles while also exhibiting high receding contact angles which result in surfaces where the sliding contact angle is very low, achieving the desired properties. Improvements in PFPE silane polymer structure-property relationship and how application methods affect surface behavior will be discussed. PFPE silanes are suitable for use on many substrates including glass, plastic, metals and films and are designed to reduce fingerprints and dirt contamination. Providing long term, easy to clean performance and excellent durability for demanding high touch surface applications like handheld electronic devices, portable computer screens, automotive interiors and appliances are potential end uses for these materials.

Learn more about European Coating CONGRESS 2011
Learn more about Dow Corning’s clean surface coatings materials

Upcoming presentations and trade shows for clean surface coating materials:

1. The 38th Waterborne Symposium
New Orleans, Louisiana
February 28- March 4
Invited Presentation by Steve Block (Business Development Manager, Dow Corning) on “Sustainable Fluorosilicone Hybrid Technologies”

2. Touch Panel Japan---3rd International Touch Panel technology Expo
Tokyo, Japan
April 13-15
Booth exhibition

3. Film Tech Japan---2nd Highly-functional Film Technology Expo
Tokyo, Japan
April 13-15
Invited presentation by Rogier Reinders (Market Manager, Dow Corning) on “Clean Surface Coating Advancement”

The newly completed integrated silicone manufacturing site in Zhangjiagang jointly owned by Dow Corning and its joint venture partner will ensure a reliable supply and shorten delivery times for Chinese and Asian customers who purchase XIAMETER brand silicones, said Shelley Bausch, vice president and global executive director of the XIAMETER brand.

"As customers expand in this region, we are investing to expand with them to supply the silicone materials critical to their manufacturing processes," Bausch said. Zhangjiagang Site

The combined US$1.8 billion investment is China's largest facility of this kind of integrated silicone production sites. The site includes a siloxane plant and a pyrogenic silica plant, both of which are jointly owned by Dow Corning and its joint venture partner. The site also features finished silicone production plants, which are owned and operated independently by each company.

Products manufactured at the site include D4, linears, polymers, and other intermediates, as well as downstream products such as finished fluids, emulsions, sealants and rubber. In addition to intermediates and fluids, the Zhangjiagang site includes finished silicone plants for rubbers and sealants, which are primarily sold by the XIAMETER brand. The site has already produced a number of products within the last year, including more than 20 XIAMETER brand silicone rubbers and three newly developed fumed-silica filled silicone rubbers for the Asia market.

The Zhangjiagang site is now the XIAMETER brand's and Dow Corning's main sourcing site in Asia. This cornerstone of the company's operations also ushers in a number of benefits to its Asia customers, including a significant reduction in delivery time from months to a few weeks, and the ability to react quickly to material demand fluctuations in the market thanks to the local manufacturing and local supply. Efficiencies are driven from the XIAMETER brand's web-enabled business model and Dow Corning's local inventory management and shipping capabilities.

The XIAMETER brand accounts for approximately 50 percent of Dow Corning's silicone sales in Greater China.

"We expect the XIAMETER brand's fast growth in China to continue to accelerate with the increased capacity," Bausch added. "The efficiency of the online business model and assurance of high-quality standard silicone products have been well-received in the China market." XIAMETER brand customers in China can now take advantage of free-trade-zone regulations and bonded logistics, which allows Chinese customers to purchase in local currency or U.S. dollars.

Global XIAMETER brand customers continue to benefit from a number of features introduced in 2009, including the ability to purchase through distribution and receive local technical service, local inventory, and just-in-time delivery. The brand's three-tiered price system accommodates customer preferences for price and volume options.

Customers can balance and better manage their inventory and warehousing costs based on price and volume options offered, and can choose credit terms for each order. For example, while standard terms are 30 days, customers can also select 45- or 60-day terms, or 15-day terms at a discount. They can also take advantage of online supply agreements to secure price and volume for up to one year in advance.

Hear more about the Zhangjiagang site opening from Bausch on the XIAMETER® channel on YouTube.

About XIAMETER

The XIAMETER® brand of Dow Corning Corporation offers market-driven prices for standard silicone products.  Introduced in 2002, the brand offers more than 2,100 products including silicone fluids, sealants, silanes, emulsions and rubber.  The XIAMETER® brand is a no-frills model offering cost effective products through streamlined services and a web-enabled order platform.

The XIAMETER® business model was expanded in 2009 and now offers customers enhanced self-service functionality, extended volume quantity options, transparent pricing, and more credit term choices. In addition, a broader range of standard silicone products is offered as well as the ability to purchase through local distribution. Learn more at www.xiameter.com.

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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® (www.xiameter.com) 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.

Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (www.hscpoly.com) joint ventures, which includes Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.

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Dow Corning Corporation, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology, and innovation, officially opened its US$50 million China Business and Technology Centre today in Shanghai. Under the legal name of Dow Corning (China) Holding Co., Ltd., the Business and Technology Center is located in the heart of Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park of Pudong New Area. The Center integrates a cutting-edge research and development facility with Dow Corning’s Greater China Headquarter offices to enhance the company’s innovation capability and better position the company for further growth in China.

“Innovation has been the key to Dow Corning’s success. With the installation of state-of-the-art technology and development facilities, the new China Business and Technology Center will significantly spur Dow Corning’s innovation abilities and better facilitate the company’s sustainable development strategy in China and globally. ” said Jeremy Burks, Greater China President, Dow Corning Corporation, “Today’s China Business and Technology Center opening is another demonstration of the company’s commitment to enhancing its innovation efforts to better serve customers in China and the Asia region.”

The Business and Technology Center opening is the second major announcement for the company in just a month. In November, Dow Corning inaugurated China’s largest integrated silicone manufacturing site -- a US$1.8 billion facility in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province.

“The China Business and Technology Center complements our manufacturing facilities in the Zhangjiagang site as well as in our Songjiang site, which is our Specialty Chemicals Business Asia Hub. Together, we have significantly enhanced our ability to meet China’s growing demand for silicones, which help improve product performance and quality of life.” said Burks.

The Business and Technology Center will be able to take advantage of the reliable supply of basic materials from the Zhangjiagang Site and the ability of the Songjiang Site to manufacture newly-developed finished products to meet demands across a range of markets. Together, these sites will create new applications and solutions for China’s fastest growing industries such as solar power, wind, construction and infrastructure development, automotive and transportation, IT/electronics, and beauty and personal care. Together, Dow Corning is well positioned to meet the needs of our customers in China and Asia.

“The China Business and Technology Center is a seamless part of our global organization.” said Gregg Zank, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Dow Corning Corporation. “Working together with the manufacturing and research & development capabilities in Japan, Korea, Europe and also USA, the new Center is able to leverage our global resources for synergies that create new solutions and products, not only for the Chinese customers here, but also for the regional and global customers. We innovate here in China, but for the global markets.”

This Business and Technology Center will house more than 400 scientists, engineers, marketing and sales and business support professionals initially and will add more than 100 new positions in the near future. “China offers a large pool of high profile local talent. With the launch of the China Business and Technology Center, we are able to make the best use of this talent pool and develop more advanced products and sustainable solutions. ” said Zank. The center will also provide a new platform for in-depth cooperation and collaboration between the company and Chinese universities and scientists.

“We believe that by consolidating this caliber of talent in one center, we can shorten the innovation cycle that turns market opportunities and new ideas into profitable solutions, thus better serving our customers in China and also in Asia,” said Zank.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning (www.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® (www.xiameter.com) 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.

Dow Corning is also the majority shareholder in the Hemlock Semiconductor Group (www.hscpoly.com) joint ventures, which includes Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor, L.L.C. Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor began operations in 1961 and has announced more than $4 billion of investments since 2005.

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