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Dow Electrical & Telecommunications advances the performance of TR-XLPE for MV cables


Horgen, Switzerland – March 26, 2012 – Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T) has made a small but powerful change in the formulation of its market-leading tree- retardant crosslinked polyethylene (TR-XLPE) for medium voltage (MV) power cable insulation. This change will enable an enhanced level of performance for underground (UG) cable manufacturers, installers and utilities. DOW ENDURANCE™ HFDC-4202 EC offers:

Expected longer life than existing TR-XLPE products

Improved performance in wet UG operations through enhanced tree-retardant technology

Reduced strip force, with Dow E&T insulation shields, allowing for easier and cleaner termination and splicing of cable during installation

Improved manufacturing robustness which ensures improved cable quality

Ability for continuous operations at 105°C cable rating, with Dow E&T
semiconductive shields

“Over time we’ve demonstrated that proper material selection is critical to the performance of the cable in field applications,” said Nathan Jeppson, Global Power Platform Leader, Dow E&T. “Equally important is high-quality cable manufacturing. As part of our Dow Inside program, we’ve worked closely with select cable manufacturers during the one-year ICEA S-94 cable qualifications that are now complete. Based upon these results, we are confident that DOW ENDURANCE HFDC-4202 EC delivers excellent performance.”