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DuPont News, December 20, 2011

DuPont™ Sorona® Launched for Indian Textiles Industry

Sorona(r) applicationsDuPont recently announced that it will launch DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber for the Indian textile market addressing four principle segments: dynamic fit denim, permanent flex woven, easy stretch woven and ultra-soft knits. DuPont™ Sorona® continues to develop partners throughout the value chain to bring new offerings and products for a wide variety of end uses.

The business also is organizing seminars in New Delhi and Bangalore to focus on applications developed by Indian mills and textiles companies. Partner mills, featuring Sorona® based products, including Arvind, Raymond UCO, KG Denim, Vardhman, Banswara Syntex, Suditi, Raymond Zambaiti, Precot Meridian and JCT. Some of the initial developments from select Surat mills working on saris and ladies wear material segments also will be on display.

“The inherent properties of softness and comfort stretch of Sorona® make it an ideal complementary fiber along with natural fibers like cotton and viscose, making these fabrics more appealing to the end consumer,” said Gowri Nagarajan, business leader, Industrial Biosciences, DuPont India.  “New applications, fabrics and end uses that feature Sorona® continue to be developed through our network of fiber and fabric manufacturers. The key to this new development is partners who are dedicated to working with fibers that can produce high-quality garments while reducing the impact that textiles have on the environment.”

Sorona® uses renewable plant-based ingredients to help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and petrochemicals.  Combine this with lower energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, when compared to the production of an equal amount of nylon 6, Sorona® stands up to other fibers in environmental comparisons.