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DuPont and Tate & Lyle to Produce Products from Corn
DuPont and Tate & Lyle PLC announced on May 26th a joint venture to create products from renewable resources such as corn for numerous applications including clothing, interiors, engineered polymers, and textile fibers. The new company, called DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts, LLC, plans to construct its initial commercial manufacturing plant adjacent to an existing facility in Loudon, Tennessee, with startup scheduled for 2006. A pilot facility in Decatur, Illinois, has been operating for several years.
The joint venture will use a proprietary fermentation and purification process developed jointly by DuPont and Tate & Lyle to produce 1,3 propanediol (PDO), the key building block for DuPont Sorona polymer. Sorona polymer can be used in a variety of applications, including textile apparel, interiors, engineering resins, and packaging. The new bio-based technology uses less energy and employs renewable resources, replacing the need for traditional petrochemicals now used to produce PDO. See the DuPont press release.
DuPont announced in October 2003 that it is working with DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to create an integrated "biorefinery" that would produce fuels and chemicals from corn or other organic materials. That announcement also mentioned the use of corn-based PDO to produce DuPont's Sorona polymer. See the story from the October 8th edition of the EERE Network News.