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Create more sustainable water repellent textile with Dow’s textile finishing innovation
As the global textile industry quickly adopts new production practices and materials with reduced environmental impacts, conventional water repellent treatments are becoming less acceptable. Durable water repellents bring benefits that fashion designers need from fabric solutions to combine stylish look, easy-care, and durability while meeting today’s consumer and societal expectations.

DOWSIL™ IE-8749 Emulsion is a new generation of silicone based durable water repellent finishes which does not contain fluoroalkyl or fluorocarbon. In studies conducted on a variety of textiles and colors, treatments based on DOWSIL™ IE-8749 Emulsion demonstrated improved fabric retention compared to standard silicone finishes, thereby providing continued water repellency after multiple washes.

Unlike many conventional finishes, these do not need to be regularly heat treated to restore the water repellency performance, which is a key advantage for the durability of the final product. This innovation also enables formulators and textile finishers to have greater control over the hand feel of the fabric, an important parameter driving consumer choices. From very soft hand feel - a characteristic of silicones when used alone,- to a firmer feel with the addition of crosslinkers.

During this webinar, we will explain how DOWSIL™ IE-8749 Emulsion enables:

· Excellent durability and resistance to wash cycles.

· More sustainable water repellent solution, without fluorocarbons.

· Greater control over the hand feel of the fabric, from very soft to firm.

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Mar 2, 2021 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shawn K. Mealey
Senior Technical Service & Development Scientist @DOW
Shawn Mealey is a senior TS&D scientist supporting the textiles market and organofunctional silanes technology at Dow. He joined the Company over 36 years ago, and held positions in manufacturing, materials development, technical service, marketing, and finance during his career. Shawn has a long experience in the application of silicon-based technologies to improve the properties and processing of plastics, composites, adhesives, coatings and textiles. He has 11 granted patents covering the composition and use of silicon-based materials. He graduated in Biological Sciences and Chemistry from Michigan Technological University, and holds an MBA in Finance from Central Michigan University.