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DuPont Statement on President Bush’s Visit to its Delaware Facilities

USA, January 24, 2007


DuPont scientist Lisa Laffend shows President Bush and Chad Holliday (DuPont Chairman)
some of DuPont's leading-edge research at the  Experimental Station.


WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 24, 2007 - DuPont issued the following statement regarding U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to company facilities in Delaware today.

The President toured the company's global research and development facility, with a specific focus on DuPont's leading-edge biofuels R&D and commercialization efforts.  DuPont is a recognized industry leader in providing advantaged products for agricultural energy crops, feedstock processing and advanced biofuels.  The company's biofuels strategy is delivering new technologies to accelerate the growth of the biofuels market while reducing the global reliance on petroleum. 

The President also addressed more than 1,000 DuPont employees, including scientists who are developing biofuels and other alternative energy technologies, at the DuPont Theatre in the company's global headquarters.

The statement can be attributed to DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr., who hosted the President today in Delaware.

"On behalf of our 60,000 employees, we were honored that President Bush chose to visit DuPont to view the work being done by our scientists to develop advanced biofuels and alternative energy technologies.  Many of DuPont's greatest inventions were discovered here at our Experimental Station, and many exciting innovations for the future are emerging from those same laboratories today.  The President had an opportunity to learn first-hand about our projects now under way to address current and future energy needs.

"We shared with President Bush information on a variety of agricultural feedstocks that we're using to improve biofuels production - from grain ethanol to ethanol from cellulose to next generation biofuels such as biobutanol.  Our scientists were able to share the progress we're making with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the world's first Integrated Corn BioRefinery which will use entire corn plants to produce fuels and other materials.  We talked about the exciting work we're doing in biobutanol, expected to be a key biofuel in the years ahead.

"Our main message for the President was that DuPont is putting our science to work to create sustainable solutions to energy and materials challenges facing the nation and the world."

DuPont - one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 16 years ago - has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment, including biofuels. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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