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DuPont Technologies Win Innovation Achievement Awards


Two of the latest technologies from DuPont, one based on bio-based technology and the other based on nanofiber science - DuPont™ Sorona® polymer and DuPont Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT) respectively - have received prestigious IDEA Achievement Awards, presented at IDEA07, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Expo in Miami Beach, Fla.

DuPont™ Sorona® is the first bio-based, renewably sourced polymer from DuPont. It contains 37 percent renewably sourced materials derived from corn. A breakthrough in polymer science, DuPont scientists developed a way to make Bio-PDO™, the key Sorona® ingredient, from corn using a new biological process. Whether it’s textile fibers and fabrics for home interiors and apparel, carpeting or a variety of packaging applications such as films, sealants, foams, rigid containers, Sorona® imparts distinctive, value-added characteristics.

Produced using a proprietary new spinning process, DuPont Hybrid Membrane Technology goes beyond the limits of today’s synthetic and microglass materials with nanofiber media that contain continuous polymeric filaments with a diameter between 100 nanometers and one micron. DuPont Hybrid Membrane Technology makes greater, more selective performance possible across a variety of air and liquid filtration applications, and adds breathability and protection to apparel and bedding products.

“We are proud to be recognized by our peers with this important award, which is even more significant as we only introduced HMT in the second half of 2006,” said Matthew Trerotola, vice president and general manger, DuPont Nonwovens. “We believe that nanofiber science that results in developments such as HMT will play a key role in bridging performance gaps of traditional materials, and will lead to advances such as improved air quality, lower energy costs and extended filter life. There are many significant applications we are exploring for this exciting new innovation.”

“To be recognized by an international organization for the work we have done on Sorona® is fantastic,” said Peter Hemken, vice president and general manager, DuPont Bio-Based Materials. “We are seeing increasingly strong demand for materials produced using renewable feedstocks in a variety of market and industry segments, especially those where Sorona® offers superior performance benefits such as permanent and natural stain resistance in residential and automotive carpeting and enhanced attributes in apparel. Work is currently under way to introduce additional high performance, renewably sourced materials that will further reduce our dependency on petrochemicals.”


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