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DuPont Named to “The WIRED 40”


WIRED Magazine’s List of Top Innovators and Trailblazers

WILMINGTON, Del., June 28, 2006 - WIRED Magazine has named DuPont to “The WIRED 40” list for 2006. The top 40 are highlighted in the July issue

The magazine’s criteria include strategic vision, global reach, innovative technology, and the “X-factor – a hunger for new ideas and an impatience to put them into practice.” At No. 27, DuPont, according to the magazine, is “blazing the trail for industrial biotech, replacing petroleum with plant extracts. Manufacturers get eco-friendly plastics and chemicals, and the 200-year-old company unhitches itself from the price-per-barrel roller coaster.” Other “ WIRED 40” companies include Google, Apple, Samsung, Toyota and General Electric.

“We’re pleased with this recognition,” said Thomas M. Connelly, DuPont chief innovation officer. “Our focus today and for the future is to deliver product innovations to people around the world who demand solutions that are sustainable, whether they are bio-based, solar-generated or energy-saving.”

DuPont is a world leader in the development and manufacture of high performance materials that provide environmentally sustainable solutions utilizing renewable, farm-grown feedstocks rather than petroleum. For example:

* DuPont and BP recently announced a partnership to develop, produce and market a next generation of biofuels to help meet the increasing global demand for renewable transportation fuels. The first product to market will be biobutanol, which is expected to be commercial next year. The companies’ joint strategy is to deliver advanced biofuels that will provide improved options for expanding energy supplies and accelerate the move to renewable transportation fuels that will lower overall greenhouse gas emissions.
* DuPont also is focusing on a new generation of tough, chip-resistant automotive refinish products, reinforced with bio-based polymers that could be available for use in auto collision repair centers by 2008. The new coatings will be made using renewably-sourced intermediate ingredients that are biodegradable.
* The company is in the process of globalizing the adoption of DuPont™ Sorona® and Bio-PDO™, the first DuPont materials made using corn as the raw material. The production process for Bio-PDO™ will save the equivalent of ten million gallons of gasoline annually by using corn as the feedstock rather than petroleum. Construction of the plant with joint venture partner Tate & Lyle in Loudon, Tenn. is nearly completed with startup and commercial availability later this year.
* DuPont expects to b egin production in 2007 of new high-performance thermoplastic resins and elastomer products made from two of its latest bio-based materials innovations. The products will be targeted for automotive, electrical/electronic and other industrial markets. Intermediates for DuPont™ Sorona® polymer and DuPont™ Hytrel® made with renewable resources will be made from corn sugar instead of petroleum, using a patented and proprietary process.

Since 1802, DuPont has been awarded patents for more than 34,000 inventions, with the pace of innovation increasing in recent years. That means that, on average, the company has discovered a new innovation every other day for the past two centuries. In 2005, one-third of DuPont revenue was generated by products introduced in the past five years, compared to 22 percent in 2000.

DuPont is a science 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, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

The DuPont Oval, DuPont™, The miracles of science™, Sorona®, Bio-PDO™ and Hytrel® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.


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