AeroBarrier, Dow®, and Koehler —Finalists for the Coveted 2018 Edison Best New Product Awards™

aerobarrier dow koehler finalists featured image

On April 11th, 2018, the Edison Awards will recognize Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards at the gala in New York.

Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in America. The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

Past winners of the Edison Award include Nike, Boeing, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.

AeroBarrier, Dow, and Koehler are finalist in the category of Sealing Technology & Thermal Applications. A description of each product innovation is as follows:

Dow and Koehler partnered to produce a first of its kind, sustainable thermal paper option free of chemical developers, or ROPAQUE™ NT-2900 Opaque Polymer for BLUE 4EST™.  Thermal paper is used throughout the world for cash register receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. Until now, these papers use chemical developers such as bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S – materials of growing regulatory and consumer scrutiny around the globe – in their coatings to produce images when heated. The sustainable imaging technology won the award for 2017 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge.

Dow Corning® EA-4600 LV Hot Melt RTV Translucentallows slimmer smart devices to be manufactured more simply. The innovative adhesive allows smart device assembly to occur more quickly, form strong bonds to support innovative new designs, and accelerate production cycles. The innovative adhesive won the 2018 Golden Mousetrap Awards in February.

After five years of research, AeroBarrier launched its pilot program in 2017. Immediately, some of the most innovative builders embraced the technology. By early 2018, AeroBarrier was recognized as the top product at the International Builders Show ’18 (IBS), and the top building product for innovation. The advanced sealing technology makes it possible to tightly seal the building envelope, which results in reducing energy demand, eliminating human error, and passing code requirements for envelope leakage with ease. Some builders are stating the advanced envelope sealing technology is the catalyst to reducing energy demand and making zero energy homes financially feasible and scalable.

The Awards

The criteria for selecting the top award is measured against criteria that includes excellence in concept, value, delivery and impact. Live coverage of the gala and award winners will be available by following #EA18 or by following the Edison Awards Twitter feed.

About AeroBarrier

AeroBarrier was developed at University of California, Davis, where it received four years of research and development. In 2017, AeroBarrier launched in beta, with its first use on projects that qualify for the DOE’s ZERH program. AeroBarrier is instrumental for single and multi-family projects targeting the performance requirements of LEED, ZERH, Passive House, and the 2015 IECC or better.

About Koehler Paper Group

Based in Oberkirch, Germany, The Koehler Group is the leading, global provider of fine, colored, thermal, carbonless and decor papers. With a turnover of over 700 million euros, sales of around 500,000 tons of paper and 1.800 employees, the Koehler Paper Group is one of the few independent German companies in the paper industry. We use state-of-the-art technology to produce paper at four locations – our head office in Oberkirch and plants in Kehl, Greiz and Weisenbach.

About Dow Coating Materials

Dow Coating Materials is the most innovative coatings raw material supplier in the world; driving fundamental shifts in the coatings industry and moving the market as the expert’s expert in coatings solutions. Through its mission of collaboration, inspiration, innovation and growth, the business provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 13 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business. For more information please visit

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at


Media Contact: Philip Beere,


Leave a Reply