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Troy, MI, April 17, 2008

Renewable High Performance Polymers, Lightweighting and Design for Reliability Highlight DuPont Automotive Presentations at SPE Automotive Conference

New, renewable bio-based materials; materials and design ideas to take the weight out of load-bearing components; and materials to help ensure moving parts are designed for maximum performance and reliability are three themes to be delivered by DuPont Automotive technical experts at the Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (EPCON).

The annual event, hosted by the Detroit section and Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, will be held at the Best Western Sterling Inn, located in Sterling Heights (Detroit-area), Mich. on April 22.

  • In “High Performance Polymers made with Renewable Resources,” Dr. Joseph V. Kurian, DuPont Automotive technology and business development manager, provides insights into nine new material families made in whole or in part from renewable feedstocks for use in composites, fabrics, elastomers and automotive fluids in many combinations to truly expand the design engineer’s portfolio while reducing the overall environmental footprint.

  • Materials to reduce weight is the second most important material selection criteria – just behind cost – according to the recent DuPont Automotive/SAE Survey of automotive engineers (see chart). In “Creating Structural Applications in Engineering Thermoplastics,” Josh McIlvaine, DuPont Automotive technical development specialist, shows how to take the weight out by combining materials and construction techniques; by translating data into performance characteristics; and by thinking differently about design to save fuel, cost and reduce CO2 emissions.

  • Materials with high-performance physical properties for better durability ranked among the top four selection criteria, according to the DuPont Automotive/SAE Survey. In “Reduce Risk with High Performance Delrin® Homopolymer Acetal Resin,” Rob Johnson, DuPont Automotive Delrin® acetal product leader, explores critical performance criteria to consider in material selection to meet design challenges and increase safety factors in applications.

The AutoEPCON conference is for industry insiders to learn more about the latest advances in engineering plastics and includes an exhibition. For times and to register, visit .

Supporting information and additional detail on the DuPont Automotive/SAE survey can be accessed in the news release .


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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