Susterra® Biobased 1,3-Propanediol Used in New Artificial Leather Application

Flokser Group Launches an Innovative, Eco-friendly, Polyurethane-based Artificial Leather Fabric

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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.

Wilmington, DE (PRWEB) 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.”

         Flokser Group, founded in 1982 in İstanbul, Turkey, is one of the leading global leather, suede, fabric and polyurethane producers and exporters. The company carries out its production activities in İstanbul under the Sertex brand for its fabrics and the Poliser brand for its polyurethanes. Flokser uses the latest technologies and exports to more than 54 countries. For more information, visit http://www.flokser.com.tr.

         Poliser, a division of the Flokser Group, is a manufacturer of slipper-sole, rigid, coating and coagulation polyurethane for synthetic leather and it is the first and only company to produce solvent based polyurethane resin in Turkey. Poliser continues to grow with a mission of providing polyurethane products which are sensitive to humans, environment and nature and which make life easier, by keeping customer satisfaction and standard quality at the forefront. For more information, visit http://www.poliser.com.

         DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont, a global science company, and Tate & Lyle, a world-leading renewable food and industrial ingredients company. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products provides natural and renewably sourced ingredients that enhance product performance. For more information on the company’s products, visit http://www.duponttateandlyle.com.

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


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