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DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products expanding Bio-PDO production

By Gerald Ondrey |

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, LLC (Loudon, Tenn), a joint venture between DuPont (www.dupont.com) and Tate & Lyle (www.tateandlyle.com), today announced an expansion to their facility here to increase production of bio-based 1,3 propanediol (Bio-PDO) by 35%. Construction is scheduled to start in June and the expansion is expected to be complete by second quarter 2011. The expansion will bring over 130 construction and engineering jobs to the region. Formed in 2004, DuPont Tate & Lyle produces Bio-PDO from corn instead of petroleum-based feedstock using a proprietary fermentation process. Bio-PDO is used as an ingredient in materials in a variety of applications that have traditionally been based on petroleum. These range from cosmetics and personal care formulations to fluids and polymers, most notably DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer. Bio-PDO is sold under the Zemea and Susterra brands.   “We are seeing strong demand for our renewable products,” says Steve Mirshak, president – DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “We had record sales last year and are already anticipating the need for additional capacity after just three years of operation. This expansion is proof that cutting-edge…
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