Dow Corning Rolls out First Controlled-Volatility Grade Adhesive


EA-9189W Designed Specifically for China and Taiwan's Electronics Market

SHANGHAI, China, March 20 -- Dow Corning Electronics today announced that its EA-9189W White 1-Part RTV Silicone Adhesive is available for the Chinese and Taiwanese electronics markets. It is the first controlled-volatility (CV) grade, thermally conductive adhesive designed and developed specifically for customers in China and Taiwan by the Dow Corning Science and Technology team, working in conjunction with the company's China Application Center in Shanghai.

The Dow Corning(R) EA-9189W adhesive is undergoing qualification and adoption by several Chinese power module manufacturers as an alternative to adhesives currently on the market in China and Taiwan. This new Dow Corning adhesive also addresses the need for product performance enhancement thanks to its incorporation of CV grade materials.

In CV grade polymers, most of the small siloxane molecules, which are potential sources of contamination and electrical failures, are removed by a special evaporation process. By incorporating CV grade polymers, Dow Corning's new EA-9189W adhesive is especially suited for use near sensitive devices, such as open relays and unsealed electrical motors, or in very confined spaces, an important characteristic for its use in small electronic devices.

"Dow Corning has decades of experience in supplying low-volatility products and has the capability to meet a wide range of customer needs. We are very happy to apply our expertise and analytical services for low-volatility silicones to benefit the entire Chinese electronics industry," said Hammer Li, Greater China commercial manager for Dow Corning Electronics and Advanced Technologies Industry.

EA-9189W also features excellent thermal conductivity, providing not only mechanical protection to electronic parts but also a heat dissipation path. It comes in a viscosity that enables fast and easy application in high-throughput assembly lines.

Dow Corning offers this new adhesive as part of an integrated solution comprising a new 2.6-liter cartridge and custom-tailored dispensing equipment co-developed with an Asian equipment supplier. While EA-9189W is available in both standard 330ml and 2.6-liter cartridges, utilizing the 2.6-liter cartridges to dispense adhesive means that fewer cartridges will be left over and time spent during production changing cartridges will be considerably less. Not only does this enable customers to increase their throughput, but it also reduces the waste stream significantly.

Dow Corning is displaying the EA-9189W adhesive and its 2.6-liter dispensing system at this week's Electronica & Productronica 2007 event in Shanghai, March 21-23.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning Corporation (http://www.dowcorning.com/electronics) is a globally integrated provider of materials, application technology and services, and is focused on providing innovative technology for all segments of the electronics industry. Dow Corning has development and applications centers strategically located throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. The centers offer advanced resources for electronics materials and services, and are staffed with experienced professionals who can provide technical support to customers locally. Dow Corning Corporation is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW). More than half of Dow Corning Corporation's sales are outside the United States.

CONTACT: Don Piering, of Dow Corning, +1-989-496-8972, don.piering@dowcorning.com; or Bruce Hokanson of the Loomis Group, +1-360-574-4000, or hokanson@loomisgroup.com, for Dow Corning

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