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Wilmington, Delaware, May 5, 2008

DuPont Finalizes Cardinal Health Industrial Apparel Acquisition

Focus on Protecting People, Critical Processes and Products for Biotech, Electronics

DuPont today closed on the acquisition of the Industrial Apparel line of Cardinal Health’s Scientific and Production Products business, which manufactures and markets a variety of products used in cleanrooms and other controlled environments.

Terms were not disclosed.  DuPont had announced its intent to acquire this business in April of this year.

The agreement includes the transfer of the existing inventory and intellectual property related to industrial garments including the Micro-Clean® brand.  It allows DuPont, already a leading manufacturer of fabrics and garments for industrial safety and emergency response, to provide a broader offering for the marketplace.  

“We are excited about this next step in our commitment to controlled environments.  By combining the garments and accessories from Cardinal Health, which are widely accepted in controlled and sterile environments, with DuPont’s long-standing position as a premier provider of innovative technologies for personal protection, we can more fully meet the our customers’ controlled environment and apparel accessory needs.” said Dale W. Outhous, Global Business Director – DuPont Personal Protection.  “Since announcing the acquisition last month, DuPont has worked with customers to help ensure a smooth transition,” adds Outhous.

The acquisition is part of the DuPont Safety & Protection strategy to expand the company’s presence in consumables in the controlled environment market space.  It also complements the company’s current offering, making DuPont a leading source for a variety of products, including disposable garments and accessories, cleanroom wipes and disinfectants. 

According to industry estimates, the life sciences consumables segment totals approximately $1 billion globally, including garments, wipes and disinfectants, among others.  The estimated demand for disposable and reusable garments alone is $280 million globally.

With the addition of the products from Cardinal Health, DuPont offerings that help protect critical products and processes include:

  • DuPont™ Tyvek®, Tyvek® IsoClean™, Tyvek® Micro-Clean®, Opti-Max™, Suprel® LS and ProClean® apparel;
  • DuPont™ RelyOn™ disinfectants to reduce the exposure to, and spread of, viruses, and;
  • DuPont™ Sontara® wipes to help reduce contaminants in manufacturing and other areas where they can destroy product efficacy or safety. 

Cleanrooms and other controlled environments are used to manufacture products that are highly sensitive to contamination, so they require special controls that minimize the release of particles, microorganisms or chemicals.  Contaminants may come from a variety of sources, including human activities, materials or even from the air flow into the environment. 

This transaction will enable DuPont to offer a broad range of cleanroom garments to help minimize human impact, as well as wipes and disinfectants to aid in controlling surface contamination in cleanrooms and controlled environments.  

DuPont is committed to protecting people.  From first responders to industrial workers, DuPont provides protective apparel solutions to meet safety needs. The DuPont Safety & Protection segment includes DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems, DuPont Nonwovens, DuPont Building Innovations, DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise and DuPont Safety Resources.  In 2007, the segment’s revenues totaled $5.6 billion.

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.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, The miracles of science™, and Tyvek®, IsoClean™, Suprel® LS, ProClean®, RelyOn™, Micro-Clean® and Sontara® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

Contact: 
Cathy Andriadis
302-774-4249
catherine.l.andriadis@usa.dupont.com