Innovative Polyurethane Solutions from Dow Enrich Olympic Games Experience for Athletes and Fans
- Game Changing: Deodoro Park’s hockey field was equipped with a high-performance, synthetic turf system which used both DOWLEXTM linear low density polyethylene resins in the yarns as well as polyurethane technologies on the backing of the carpet.
- “Rolling” Innovation: The Olympic hockey balls were composed of tailor-made, micro-foam core developed with Dow polyols. The unique polyurethane core provided higher-performance and more consistency than hockey balls made with traditional vulcanized cork and rubber or solid polymer.
- Comfortable and Supportive: After a hard day’s competition, athletes enjoyed comfy mattresses made with Dow’s breathable, flexible polyurethane foam.
- Science Powering Sports: Dow DOWLEX linear low density polyethylene resins were used in the high-performance, synthetic turf system on Deodoro Park’s hockey field during OlympicGames, Rio 2016. The game balls were also composed of a tailor- made, micro-foam core developed with Dow polyols.*
- Protecting Assets: Dow technologies were used in flooring applications and waterproofing systems
for concrete and metal structures within Maracanã stadium. Additionally, flooring solutions and
polyurethane insulation panels from Dow were utilized in the major renovation that took place at
Viracopos International Airport in Campinas, São Paulo, one of the main cargo transportation hubs
for the Games.
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