Dow Corning announces new global photonic solutions business

10 September 2003 Midland, MI Lightwave Europe -- Dow Corning Corp. has launched a new global Photonic Solutions business based on the advantages of silicon-based materials for the optical domain for "next-gen" optical applications across multiple market sectors.

10 September 2003 Midland, MI -- Dow Corning Corp. has launched a new global Photonic Solutions business based on the advantages of silicon-based materials for the optical domain for "next-gen" optical applications across multiple market sectors.

The company says it is building on its 60 years' experience in silicon-based materials to establish the new business. "We are building on our history of silicon-based material applications in electronic devices, which have proven reliable over a wide range of conditions," said Babette Pettersen, Director of the Dow Corning Global Photonics Program.

"The material's properties combined with its excellent optical characteristics of stability under high flux and processing flexibility will enable high-performance and cost-effective solutions for a broad range of optical applications. Photonics is an exciting, high-potential, fast-growth field."

The new offer includes advanced silicon-based materials, device technologies and services. "We are working on device technologies, both independently and through partnerships, to provide the enabling materials, device integration, supply chains, and services to help customers adopt innovative optical technologies."

Dow Corning's Photonic Solutions provide customers with flexibility and choice. Many of the required optical and mechanical properties can be customized through controlled synthesis to provide cost-effective material and processing options.

Pettersen adds, "We can offer material solutions ranging from fluids and stress-relieving gels for encapsulation to rigid resins for lenses, and can tailor these over a wide range of refractive indices. We combine material properties with processing and design expertise to provide an array of choices for customers."

Dow Corning provides solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation, offering more than 7,000 products and services, Dow Corning is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated. More than half of its sales are outside the USA.

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