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Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (DOW - Analyst Report), has launched DOW FILMTEC Reverse Osmosis (RO) 75 and 100 gallon per day (GPD) home drinking water membranes at the Water Quality Association (WQA) Aquatech USA 2013 conference and exhibition.

The FILMTEC RO helps in reducing impurities such as calcium, magnesium, and iron and also removes contaminants that are risky for health. Dow Chemical’s FILMTEC RO delivers water with better taste and smell. DOW FILMTEC BW-60-1812-75 and TW30-1812-100HR offer drinking water faster and also have a salt rejection rate of 99% at 75 GPD and 98% at 100 GPD, respectively.

Dow Chemical’s FILMTEC RO elements are manufactured in the ISO certified facility in the U.S. Their performance and safety are measured by the National Safety Foundation (NSF) International. NSF is a non-profit organization that tests innumerable consumer, commercial and industrial products around the world.

Dow Chemical’s FILMTEC residential elements have the ability to reduce operating costs for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and also reduce certification costs for the NSF. They provide better in-house water treatments to the consumers by facilitating cleaner, pure and better tasting water to houses.

Last month, Dow Water & Process Solutions entered into an agreement with Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, to use Ahlstrom’s Disruptor technology in drinking water applications.

Dow Chemical will include this high performance, advanced Disruptor filter medium into a set of drinking water purification products that provide excellent pathogen rejection while operating at high flow and low pressure.

Dow Chemical slipped to a bigger loss in fourth-quarter 2012, thumped by a sizable restructuring charge and loss on goodwill impairment in its Formulated Systems business. Weakness across end markets, especially in China, and weak pricing also hurt the results.

Dow Chemical noted that it will focus on driving earnings, leveraging its feedstock strength and strong momentum in the agricultural sciences business. Dow Chemical will continue to pursue its cost reduction and efficiency programs while maximizing shareholder returns. Dow Chemical targets aggregate cost savings of $2.5 billion with $1 billion expected this year.

Dow Chemical retains a short-term (1 to 3 months) Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Other companies in the chemical industry that are worth considering include Akzo Nobel NV (AKZOY), Axiall Corporation (AXLL - Snapshot Report) and LyondellBasel Industries NV (LYB - Analyst Report). All of them carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

 

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