Dow Corning was established specifically to explore and develop the potential of silicones. From its pioneering role in the development of silicones for commercial applications, the company has grown to become a global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation. Today Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services via the company’s Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands and its products, technologies and solutions are used by virtually every industry sector.
Dow Corning is a joint venture equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. Headquartered in Michigan, USA, it serves more than 25,000 customers around the world. More than half of Dow Corning's annual sales are outside the United States.
Dow Corning and Innovation
Innovation has always been a critical part of Dow Corning's success story as the potential of silicones continues to grow and new opportunities are discovered. Today’s manufacturers and formulators need quality materials that provide reliability and efficiency and provide opportunities to innovate. Dow Corning understands its customers expect technology and product innovations that will enable them to live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
Silicones help make this possible because they’re among the most versatile substances on the planet. They are a family of polymers made from the products of nature – silicon, oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Their unique physical and chemical characteristics mean they can take many forms and can be used with or applied to other materials to improve overall performance.
Silicones enhance and preserve the features and reliability of products and materials. They also enable new technologies that streamline production, save time, reduce costs and minimize environmental impact. It is not surprising therefore that silicones are used extensively in industries ranging from construction and automotive to personal care, textiles, and energy.
Some silicone applications may be familiar - such as the sealant around a bathtub or window, But silicones also help bring shine to hair, keep wrinkles out of shirts and enable architects to reach for the skies with hotels and office towers built seemingly just from glass.
““Even though silicones have been in existence for many decades, we still see tremendous potential for new applications and technologies,” says Stephanie Burns, Chairman, president and CEO. ‘We firmly intend to unleash our expertise and our innovation know how to bring these fascinating materials to benefit everyone, everywhere in the world.’
Dow Corning anticipates a significant part of its innovation activity in the future will be devoted to products that help address some of the world’s most pressing problems, including energy and water. In the past five years, Dow Corning and its joint ventures at the Hemlock Semiconductor Group have announced investments of more than $5 billion to research and develop as well as to expand production of materials critical to the solar industry.
Delivering Value for Customers
Dow Corning is passionate about solving customer problems and helping them to be efficient, innovative and sustainable. The company has created the world’s largest online portal for the purchase of silicone-based products. This XIAMETER® web-enabled business is designed for companies that want high quality, standard silicone products at market-driven prices.
For customers who require custom silicon-based solutions, the company’s Dow Corning® brand experience provides innovative, industry-leading solutions.
Whether customers choose the Dow Corning brand or the XIAMETER brand, they still benefit from Dow Corning's established product quality, global reliability of supply, and history of innovation.