Plastics packaging award
National Medal of Technology in recognition of the advances it has
made in plastics food packaging.
In the US the Dow Chemical Company has been presented with a National Medal of Technology in recognition of the advances it has made in plastics food packaging.
The honour, which was presented by US president George W. Bush, came in recognition of Dow Chemical's advanced materials development, and more specifically for its work in the metallocene catalysts/polyolefins Insite technology.
According to the official citation, Dow was awarded the National Medal of Technology "for the vision to create great science and innovative technology in the chemical industry and the positive impact that commercialisation of this technology has had on society."
Advances in metallocene catalysis have led to a number of applications including more durable and flexible packaging materials for the food and beverage industry, which have helped to extend shelf life. The metallocene catalysts invented by Dow, called "constrained geometry catalysts," along with material science and process technology, form the basis of Insite technology.
Insite technology is an integrated approach that has allowed better molecular design and creation of several new polyolefin product families. Products such as new elastomers, plastomers, thermoplastics, adhesives, and waxes either have or are being commercially introduced, demonstrating the utility and flexibility of the technology. It also means lower costs, improved recyclability, less material usage, and better performing polymers.