DuPont Bio-based Innovations Draw Media Attention

DuPont News, April 6, 2012
DuPont™ Sorona®EP thermoplastic polymers applied in the Toyota Prius Alpha.
DuPont™ Sorona®EP thermoplastic polymers applied in the Toyota Prius Alpha.


The prestigious Japanese environmental magazine, “Nikkei Ecology,” recently featured DuPont in its cover story about bio-based innovations. The story comes at a time when many companies are speeding adoption of bio-based materials in response to worldwide concern over global warming and challenges in energy.

“DuPont is committed to promoting sustainability by way of renewable resources while addressing the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels. We will further accelerate our efforts to advance biotechnologies,” said Mureo Kaku, manager, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Japan.

The article introduced several DuPont bio-based innovations, including:

  • DuPont™ Sorona®EP thermoplastic polymers with high thermal resistance, quality texture and stability applied in the air-conditioning system in the Toyota Prius Alpha series
  • DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber with its excellent stretchability and softness in Edwin jeans
  • DuPont™ Zytel®RS renewably sourced nylon resin used in a radiator tank co-developed with Denso and applied in the Toyota Camry since 2009


“DuPont bio-based engineering polymers offer the same or superior properties than that of petroleum-based products. Some of those polymers even deliver additional properties that are unique from conventional petroleum-based nylon or polyester resins,” said Ryuichi Hayashi, director for Technology and Innovation, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Japan, said.