2007 $100M Bio-PDO Facility
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, an equally owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, opened a Loudon, Tenn.-based facility that produces 1,3-propanediol (Bio-PDO) from renewable resources, in this case, corn sugar. It is the first facility in the world to manufacture this new bio-based product.
Bio-PDO is a biodegradable ingredient that is used in cosmetics, liquid detergents, and industrial applications such as anti-freeze and many other applications that currently use glycols. It can also be used as a monomer to produce unsaturated polyester resins as well as other specialty polymers such as DuPont Sorona® and the latest renewably sourced polymer, DuPont Cerenol®.