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Susterra® Biobased Propanediol Used in New Artificial Leather Application

WILMINGTON, Del., January 15, 2014 – DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products today announced that Susterra® 1,3-propanediol (PDO) has been selected by Poliser, a division of the Flokser Group, as the biobased building block material for its new artificial leather fabric containing about 70% bio-content.  The new eco-friendly artificial leather was developed using a polyester polyol based on PDO succinate with the crosslinker being Susterra® 1,3-propanediol.

Susterra® 1,3-propanediol is certified 100% biobased by the US Department of Agriculture, making it attractive for companies seeking to add renewable content to their products. A peer reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) demonstrates that the production of biobased propanediol offers significant environmental benefits including up to 40% less greenhouse gas emissions and 40% less non-renewable energy used in its production vs. petroleum-based glycols.

“The new artificial leather from Flokser is a unique product, combining biobased technology with the highest standards of performance and quality”, said Steve Hurff, marketing and sales vice president, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “We are excited about this new Susterra® based material and strongly believe that Flokser, being the industry leader, will make it a big success.”

Ekin Tükek, Flokser Group board member, underlines that careful steps need to be taken to sustain collaboration across the chemical industry and adds; “We believe that the collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products will develop the industry and bring fresh ideas. Both of our divisions, Sertex and Poliser, are proud to work with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ experienced and expert teams.”

Susterra® and the circle logo are registered trademarks of DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company LLC.

Posted January 17, 2014

Source: Dupont Tate & Lyle Bio Products