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Renewable Resources & Sorona®

As the world looks at ever-raising energy prices, a product that uses corn sugar and a simple fermenter to create a high-valued chemical is a value indeed, meeting DuPont's global commitment to providing new products that replace petrochemicals with renewable resources.

DuPont has successfully developed the technology to manufacture 1,3 propanediol or PDO using a fermentation process based on corn sugar, a renewable resource.  PDO is a key ingredient in Sorona® polymer. 

In March 2004 DuPont formed a joint venture with Tate & Lyle, Plc., a major corn-based products company with expertise in fermentation processes, to produce 1,3 propanediol the key ingredient for Sorona® polymer. The joint venture, DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts, has built one of the largest bio-materials processing facilities in the world in Loudon, Tennessee. When the plant is operational in late 2006, it is capable of producing 100 million pounds per year of a new bio-material, Bio-PDO™.  This new ingredient can go into a variety of products and markets and is a step towards reducing the global economy's reliance on petroleum-based materials. 

The production of Bio-PDO™ consumes about 40 percent less energy than its petroleum-based counterpart. Production of 100 million pounds of Bio-PDO™ in the Loudon plant will save the equivalent of 10 million gallons of gasoline per year.

DuPont™ Sorona® is the first of many renewably-sourced products DuPont is bringing to market.

The possibilities are endless. . .

From Corn to Cosmetics. . . Formulate with Nature

Zemea™ propanediol

The Pure and Petroleum-Free Glycol Choice for the Cosmetic & Personal Care Industry

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