Dow Corning to Present New Impact Protection Technology at AATCC's IC&E

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN, USA - Dow Corning Corporation, a leading supplier of silicone solutions for the textile industry, will present its new, patented impact protection technology - the Dow Corning® Active Protection System - at AATCC's 2006 International Conference & Exhibition this fall in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The presentation, "How Silicon-based Technology Provides Defense and Comfort to High-Performance Apparel," is scheduled for 11 a.m., November 1. Presenting for Dow Corning will be Fernando Vazquez, global technical leader for fabric finishing/senior applications engineer for textiles in North America.

"The newly developed Dow Corning Active Protection System offers superior defense and comfort using patented technology to create impact protection textiles that are particularly suitable for high-performance apparel," says Vazquez. "It is a highly effective system that is fully flexible and breathable while providing excellent protection from high-impact force."

The presentation will review the development and testing of the Active Protection System, its use in motorcycle garments and its potential for wide-ranging applications within the textile industry. In addition, Vazquez will share Active Protection System performance data proving the textile's superior protective strength over hard armor when used in motorcycle garments.

"Comfort and convenience are important considerations for any protective device," says Vazquez. "Breathability can be vitally important, particularly for sportswear. The Dow Corning Active Protection System has all of these features, combined with proven superior protection against high-impact force - making it an effective, comfortable and versatile new protective textile suitable for virtually unlimited application possibilities."

To learn more about the Active Protection System, visit Dow Corning ( provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation that offers more than 7,000 products and services, 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.

Fernando Vazquez is a global technical leader for Dow Corning fabric finishing and a senior applications engineer for textiles in North America. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City and a master of business administration from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., USA.

Vazquez has published several whitepapers including, "The Easy Care vs. Softness Challenge," Textile Technology International, 2005; "Trouble Free Performance in Finishing Conditions," Textile Technology International, 2004; and "Silicones: Beyond Softening in Garment Finishing" at AATCC Garment Symposium, 1999. He has been a member of the AATCC since 1999.

AATCC's 2006 IC&E will take place October 31 through November 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It is a co-located event with Megatex, which is co-anchored by the American Textile Machinery Exhibition International 2006 (ATME-I® 2006) and the Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo 2006 (IFAI Expo 2006). For more information, visit

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