Dow and Haier Enhances Strategic Alliance by Signing FILMTEC™ Component Trademark License Agreement

Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), announced today the commencement of its cooperation with Haier to supply the latter its advanced FILMTEC™ Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology applied in its residential water purification system and filtration products.

According to the agreement, Haier is also authorized to use the Dow FILMTEC RO Inside composite logo for both its water filtration products and in its marketing materials. Haier’s latest residential water purifiers adopting the Dow FILMTEC RO components will be available in market in January.

Haier Group, a leading multinational home appliances and consumer electronics company, is the latest official partner signing a component trademark license agreement with Dow in FILMTEC RO Ingredient Branding Programme in China.

Initiated in 2012, this ambitious programme aims to power the development of China residential water treatment through collaboration with well-known local brands, to promote advanced FILMTEC RO technology in residential water treatment segment, as well as to enhance the quality of drinking water for Chinese consumers. Dow’s other official partners of the FILMTEC RO Ingredient Branding Programme in China include Midea Water Appliances and Angel, both of which signed deals with Dow last year.

Dow FILMTEC is an advanced reverse osmosis technology and is capable of rejecting virtually all dissolved impurities and contaminants, thus generating clean, safe and better tasting water for cooking and drinking, straight from the tap.

The safety of drinking water is a growing concern around the world. The residential water treatment market in China has immense potential with the increasing requirement of improving water quality from people. Safe and healthy water is indispensible for high quality life.

"Over the past half a century, DW&PS has been dedicated to providing innovative water and process solutions to both communities and industries," said Dr Xiaolan Wang, commercial director, Greater China, DW&PS.

We enjoy strong positions in a number of major application areas, including residential water. Collaborating with major local water purifier manufacturers to improve water quality is an important part of our strategy in residential water treatment."

Dr Wang added: "Haier is the world largest white goods company with strong distribution network and consumer business model. Dow has the cutting-edge RO water treatment technology in residential water treatment market. We are fully confident that it is a win-win for both of us and consumers. Meanwhile, our previous cooperation with Midea Water Appliances and Angel results in a very positive market feedback. It reaffirms that improving residential water quality is not only a requirement but a relentless mission of us."

"Dow is a global leader in the R&D of water separation and purification technologies," said Mr Guinan Qu, director, Haier water purification. "As the world’s leading home appliance manufacturer, Haier welcomes Dow as its strategic partner.

This alliance allows both companies to showcase and expand the reach of advanced water purification technology in China and to provide safe drinking water for Chinese consumers."

The R&D innovation collaboration history between Dow and Haier can be traced back to 2009. The two parties jointly held an innovation workshop in 2009 covering various businesses, followed by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Global Technical Partnership signed in 2010. FILMTEC RO partnership is a new expansion to residential water treatment business and further extension of the strategic cooperation of the two companies.

In 2012, Dow Chemical was crowned one of the ‘Ten Companies That Are Saving The World’ by Business Insider for the development of FILMTEC reverse osmosis technology. For many years, DW&PS has been dedicated to perfecting this technology.

To date, FILMTEC has not only resulted in the increase in the total amount of water treated but also largely reduced the total energy consumption of global seawater desalination and wastewater re-use projects.

In addition, DW&PS has been named China’s top membrane component and module brand in the 2011-2012 User Satisfaction Award – Water Industry Equipment Category. The award was presented during the 2012 (6th) Water Technology Forum, and is based on DW&PS winning the highest level of user satisfaction among all the 140 nominated enterprises and well-known brands in China, according to a recent customer survey. Since the award was launched in 2006, DW&PS has received the honour for seven consecutive years.

As the global separation and purification technology leader and one of the largest RO membrane manufacturers with the leading advanced technology in the world, DW&PS has already become one of the top solution providers offering a full portfolio of water treatment technologies manufactured in the Greater China. In China, it has two manufacturing sites with three manufacturing facilities, a world-class research center and a pool of first-class local talents.

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