LOUDON, Tenn., June 8, 2007 – DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC, an equally owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, today marked the growing demand for products made
from its revolutionary Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ product. U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman joined
senior leaders from DuPont, Tate & Lyle, the joint venture and their customers to see the new production facility first-hand and recognize its official opening.
The Loudon facility produces 1,3-propanediol (Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢) from renewable resources – in this
case corn sugar – making it the first facility in the world to manufacture this new bio-based product.
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ is a versatile, biodegradable and high-performance ingredient that can be used in
cosmetics, liquid detergents and industrial applications such as anti-freeze and many other applications that currently use glycols. It also can be used as a monomer to produce unsaturated
polyester resins as well as other specialty polymers such as DuPontÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ Sorona© and the
latest renewably sourced polymer, DuPontÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢
CerenolÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢. In addition, renewably sourced Hytrel© thermoplastic elastomers and a new
line of renewable DuPont automotive finishes are two new product lines scheduled to be launched later this year. The first commercial product was sold in November 2006, and demand for new uses
of Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ continues to grow with nearly a dozen product applications to date.
“It’s encouraging to see industry team up to make incredible advances in bio- based technology, building upon the Department of Energy’s efforts to reduce our reliance on imported oil,
aggressively confront climate change and help maintain our nation’s competitive edge in the global marketplace,” Secretary Bodman said. “I’ve seen tremendous examples today of how private
sector investment can make available to consumers more affordable, homegrown and environmentally sensitive products. I commend DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products for taking bold steps to
maximize domestically grown resources, and I’d like to see more of this type of collaboration.”
The joint venture uses a proprietary fermentation process developed jointly by DuPont and Tate & Lyle to produce
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ using corn sugar instead of petroleum-based feedstocks. The production of
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ consumes 40 percent less energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent
compared to petroleum-based propanediol. Annual production of 100 million pounds of
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ will save the energy equivalent of over 15 million gallons of gasoline per year,
or enough to fuel more than 27,000 cars – over half the cars in Loudon County, Tenn.
At today’s event, the American Chemical Society (ACS) presented the research teams involved in the development of
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ with the prestigious 2007 Heroes of Chemistry award. The program highlights the
vital role of industrial chemical scientists and their companies in improving human welfare through successful commercial innovations and products. Recipients are selected based on the
technical merit of the chemical innovation, including talent and foresight demonstrated by the nominees, the commercial impact of the products on the marketplace, and the benefits to mankind
through the products’ performance. Representing the teams and organizations receiving the award were: Charlie Nakamura and Cathy Babowitz of DuPont, Dennis Adkesson of Tate & Lyle, and
Gregg Whited of Genencor International.
“The Loudon Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ production process is on the leading edge of industrial
biotechnology,” said DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products President Steven Mirshak. “We are quickly growing into a business that delivers high performing, renewable products to diverse markets
globally. This was the goal and vision of our parent companies. We are enabling our customers to produce high-quality, renewably sourced products based on
“We began looking at bio-based, renewable materials in 1993 as the natural evolution of DuPont science,” DuPont Chairman & CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. said. “Today, the growth opportunity
is exponential with applications in personal care, automotive, paints, athletic equipment, apparel and more.
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ has demonstrated that our approach to integrated science works. We are seeing
further evidence of this in the development of advanced biofuels and other renewable products in our pipeline. I am more confident than ever that we as a society are making progress toward
building a global economy that addresses energy challenges in a sustainable way.”
Tate & Lyle’s Chief Executive Iain Ferguson said, “Today’s event is the culmination of our companies working together to open up real commercial opportunities and drive scientific
advancement. Industrial biotechnology that remains focused on the consumer can help businesses not only reduce their dependence on traditional petrochemical fuel sources – helping companies to
cut costs and pollution – but also can deliver more choice and better products for consumers.”
Bio-PDOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ is available in two grades:
ZemeaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ has been developed for the personal care and liquid detergent categories where high
purity level and low irritation are key product requirements. SusterraÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ propanediol is
ideal for industrial applications such as de-icing fluids, anti-freeze and heat transfer fluids, where its low toxicity and biodegradability are beneficial. To learn more about
ZemeaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ corn-derived propanediol, visit www.duponttateandlyle.com. Today’s event was webcast
and can be viewed at: http://mediasite.advancedav.com/dupont/register.html.
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.