Improve Sustainability with Processing Efficiency

Dow PARALOID™ impact modifiers and processing aids benefit manufacturers looking to improve their operational energy efficiency to help contribute towards sustainability goals.
Sustainability has become a larger initiative spanning different industries and verticals for manufacturing. Goals for climate protection, circular economy, and achieving carbon neutrality by eliminating waste have grown exponentially due to new regulations and changes in consumer expectations. The Dow Chemical Company is focused on offering products that contribute toward downstream sustainability goals while achieving its own ESG goals. Incorporating PARALOID™ processing aids into your sustainable polymer manufacturing initiatives improves energy efficiency and the overall flow of the production process.  
Dow PARALOID™ impact modifiers and processing aids are utilized in various downstream manufacturing processes. These acrylic plastic additives should be considered operational-technology investments that increase production efficiency and net zero-sustainability initiatives by improving energy consumption for manufacturing infrastructure.  

Increase Energy Efficiency in PVC Manufacturing 


Acrylic processing aids for PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are additives used to improve processing efficiency. The addition of processing aids helps to advance the processability of PVC, reduce processing time, and enhance the quality of the finished product.

One of the primary benefits of using PARALOID™ processing aids is that they can improve the flow properties of materials, making them easier to process and reducing the energy required to achieve the desired result.

In PVC processing, PARALOID™ processing aids help reduce the processing temperature and increase the production rate, resulting in significant energy cost savings and possibly providing melt strength for a better foaming process for PVC building and construction applications.

PARALOID™ processing aids can contribute to PVC production sustainability in several ways:

  • Lower processing temperatures
    • PARALOID™ processing aids help reduce the processing temperature required to achieve a desired level of polymer fusion. This can result in significant energy savings.
  • Optimized flow properties
    • PARALOID™ processing aids can improve the flow properties of PVC by lowering its viscosity. This can result in faster processing times and increased production rates.
  • Better fusion and melt flow
    • PVC processing aids help improve the fusion of PVC resins and the melt flow of PVC compounds. This can lead to greater product quality and fewer defects.
  • Reduced processing times
    • By improving flow properties, fusion, and melt flow, processing aids can reduce processing times. This can lead to higher productivity and increased efficiency.
  • Energy-use savings
    • By improving flow properties and reducing processing temperatures, PARALOID™ processing aids can lessen the energy required to produce a given quantity of material. This can result in significant energy savings over time, diminishing production's environmental impact.
  • Minimize waste
    • PARALOID™ processing aids help reduce defects, such as surface defects, warping, and shrinkage. This can result in higher yields, lower scrap rates, reduced waste, and increased efficiency of production processes.
  • Raw material cost reduction
    • PARALOID™ processing aids can also decrease the number of raw materials needed to produce a given quantity. Improving flow properties and lowering processing temperatures may require less material, resulting in lower raw material costs.
  • Improved product quality
    • PARALOID™ processing aids can improve the quality of finished products by reducing defects and improving the consistency of the material. This can lead to increased customer satisfaction, fewer product returns, and a better reputation for the manufacturer.

Explore PARALOID™ Processing Aids

PARALOID™ processing aids allow PVC manufacturers to improve their processing while potentially optimizing their sustainability efforts by reducing energy usage. Click to learn more about which PARALOID™ processing aids would work best for your formulations.
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