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WILMINGTON, Del., September 2, 2008

DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions Issues Worldwide Call for Entries For the 2008 Plunkett Awards for Innovation & Sustainability

New Emphasis on Rewarding More Environmentally Sustainable Solutions

DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions today announced the call for entries for the 2008 Plunkett Awards for Innovation & Sustainability in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa and Asia Pacific.  The awards are named after DuPont scientist Dr. Roy Plunkett who discovered polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) – later branded DuPont™ Teflon® – in 1938.  They recognize businesses around the world for their innovative uses of DuPont fluoropolymers.  This year, marking the 70th anniversary of Teflon®, the 2008 Plunkett Awards will include new sustainability selection criteria as well as increased award values and honorable mentions.

“Over the last 70 years, we have worked as partners with our customers to support them in the development of new products for a number of critical industries that rely on the unique properties of fluoropolymers,” said Patrick E. Lindner, global business director -- DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions.  “As we look to the next 70 years, a new era of fluoropolymers will emerge with great potential for these products to create more sustainable solutions and reduce environmental footprints.  With the new Plunkett Awards for Innovation and Sustainability, we look forward to recognizing and rewarding our customers for their continuing efforts to combine excellence in product innovation with an ongoing commitment to greater environmental sustainability.”

The Plunkett Awards acknowledge processors or users of fabricated products made with DuPont fluoropolymers that have devised new products or improved existing products or applications in industries including semiconductors, waterproof and breathable apparel, cookware, data communication cables, automotive, aerospace and renewable energy.  Submissions are judged on three primary criteria that include: 1) Innovation; 2) Use; and 3) Sustainability.  The awards’ sustainability standard measures whether the product or application helps reduce environmental impact through lower energy consumption, lower water consumption, reduction in material/weight and reduced waste.  This new category is in line with the DuPont 2015 corporate sustainability goals and demonstrates the DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions’ commitment to sustainable solutions that build the foundation for the future of the industry. 

DuPont also encourages submissions that have application benefits including: increased safety, assured quality, improved reliability and lower cost.

Entry Rules and Information

Plunkett Award submissions can use any DuPont fluoropolymer such as Teflon®, Nafion®, Tedlar®, Tefzel® and Zonyl® fluoropolymers, films, fibers, finishes, coatings or other DuPont fluoropolymer products covered under the Teflon® trademark.   Products and applications must have been in commercial service no more than five years prior to entry (August 1, 2003).   The 2008 Plunkett Award entry period is open until Jan. 15, 2009, and submissions will be judged by a panel of experts chosen by DuPont.  A first, second and third place award will be granted in each region.   Cash prize amounts are as follows: First Place:  $7,500; Second Place: $5,000;, Third Place: $2,500 and Honorable Mention:  $500- $1,000. 

To obtain an entry form or for more information about the 2008 Plunkett Awards for Innovation and Sustainability, contact your DuPont representative, call DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions at 302-999-2532, or visit: http://dupont.com/plunkett.   The completed entry form and supporting materials (samples, photographs, technical literature or drawings) must be mailed by Jan. 15, 2009, to:

DuPont Plunkett Awards
Chestnut Run Plaza, 702 1230K
Wilmington, DE 19880-0702 USA

The winners will be announced in February 2009, and will receive special recognition worldwide at industry events throughout the year.

DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions is a leading producer of fluoropolymer resins, additives, films, finishes and dispersions, PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), PFA (perfluoroalkoxy), FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), ETFE (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene) and PVF (polivinylfluoride), marketed under the registered trademarks DuPont™ Teflon®, DuPont™ Tefzel®, DuPont™ Tedlar® and DuPont™ Zonyl®.  Major markets for these fluoropolymer products include the automotive, chemical processing, semiconductor, oil exploration, chemical handling, data communication, aerospace, electronics, housewares, building and renewable energy industries. 

DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

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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