Two Dow Products Were Recognized at the 2021 ICIS Innovation Awards

Originally published at Dow ranked No. 19 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


A pair of groundbreaking technologies from Dow were recently honored with ICIS Innovation Awards, which recognize companies who are paving the way in product, process and sustainability innovations across the chemicals industry. This marks the second year in a row Dow has received an award from Innovation Commodity Intelligence Services, better known as ICIS.

Now in its 18th year, ICIS Innovation Awards are given in five categories: Best Innovation by a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), Best Product Innovation, Best Process Innovation, Product with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability, and lastly, Process with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability. Dow’s products won in two out of those five categories: DOWSIL™ TC-4060 Thermal Gel for Best Product Innovation and SunSpheres™ BIO SPF Booster for Product with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability. Five Dow technologies and products were also listed as finalists in this year’s contest.

The Best Product Innovation category highlights products that represent the next step in the chemicals industry by focusing on new offerings from companies at the cutting edge of the industry.

The Product with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability recognizes companies that have incorporated the ideas of environmental performance and sustainability into their product innovation. The winning product displayed a distinct benefit to the environment as well as to the sustainability of the company and its customers.

“I am very proud of our teams for delivering market-driven, breakthrough innovations that are enabling market transformations in transportation, personal care, electronics, and more through materials science leadership at Dow with a focus on sustainable solutions for our customers,” said Jim Helwick, global director for research and development at Dow Performance Silicones. “We are honored to receive these recognitions and will continue to innovate in collaboration with our customers and partners to positively impact people’s lives and the environment.”

DOWSIL™ TC-4060 Thermal Gel was awarded Best Product Innovation for powertrain electrification. TC-4060 is a new high thermal conductivity gel suitable for the protection of automotive vehicle or telecommunication devices where heat dissipation is critical. TC-4060 offers a transformative combination of high thermal conductivity, softness and conformability with patented dispensability and stability to drive thermal management in vehicle electrification. You can also read more here about the R&D 100 Award presented to DOWSIL™ TC-4060 Thermal Gel this fall.

SunSpheres™ BIO SPF Booster was awarded Product with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability. The BIO SPF Booster is a bio-based and readily biodegradable SPF booster that enables greater SPF efficiency in sun care and daily wear SPF products. It reduces dependence on UV actives, enabling aesthetically pleasing formulations that minimize potential irritation caused by UV actives, and allows you to develop solutions that delight eco-conscious consumers. In 2020, the BIO SPF Booster was named Sustainability Product of the Year in the Sustainability Awards program of the Business Intelligence Group’s (BIG) Sustainability Award and was the Silver Winner of the in-cosmetics® Global Innovation Zone Ingredients Award.


Best Process Innovation – Novel Application of Promoted Hydrosilylation

Best Product Innovation – DOWSIL™ 8016 Waterborne Resin

Best Product Innovation – SYNTEGRA™ Solvent-Free Polyurethane Dispersion in Microfiber

Best Product Innovation – UCARE™ Extreme Polymer

Product with Best Benefit to the Environment and Sustainability – DOWSIL™ CC-2588 Conformal Coating for Sustainable Electronics Protection

Learn more about Dow’s award-winning technologies at Dow Science & Sustainability. Find more information regarding all 2020 ICIS Innovation Awards and winners here.