As a construction silicone provider, Dow has contributed to discovering the multi-purpose nature of silicones and bringing innovations into the construction industry. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s four-sided silicone structural glazing (SSG) application. Since its development in 1971, Dow has developed many SSG products used to create visually appealing glass façades.

Before the 1960s, mechanical fasteners and gaskets were required to attach glass to a building’s framework. Then, two-sided SSG was introduced in the ’60s, followed by Dow’s four-sided SSG in the ’70s, which allowed architects and builders to create uninterrupted glass walls.

“For over 50 years, we have worked alongside professionals in the building and construction industries to help bring innovative and ambitious designs to life with our silicone structural glazing technologies,” said Jean-Paul Hautekeer, global marketing director for building and infrastructure at Dow. “As architects and builders today continue the journey toward safer and more sustainable structures, we’re proud to work alongside them to make our mark in the cities of tomorrow. We look forward to the next 50 years of pushing the envelope forward with our silicone structural glazing products.”