DuPont Engineering Polymers Streamlines Distribution Network

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DuPont Engineering Polymers announces changes to its North American-based distribution network as part of a new channel management strategy to position for growth after the current economic downturn. Effective immediately, PolyOne Distribution will become the primary distributor of thermoplastic products in North America with additional regional distribution available in Mexico and Canada. Following a 90-day transition period, Ashland Distribution will no longer supply DuPont Engineering Polymers thermoplastic products in North America.

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Customers have asked for multiple, distinct channels to quickly access our products and technical expertise at the lowest delivered cost

DuPont Engineering Polymers announces changes to its North American-based distribution network as part of a new channel management strategy to position for growth after the current economic downturn.

Effective immediately, PolyOne Distribution will become the primary distributor of thermoplastic products in North America with additional regional distribution available in Mexico and Canada. Following a 90-day transition period, Ashland Distribution will no longer supply DuPont Engineering Polymers thermoplastic products in North America.

"Customers have asked for multiple, distinct channels to quickly access our products and technical expertise at the lowest delivered cost," said Keith J. Smith, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Engineering Polymers. "Among those multiple channels is distribution, which is now consolidated to one primary partner in North America that is closely aligned with our business, offering customer service and development support from concept through commercial adoption. PolyOne is also aligned with many of our growth markets, including consumer goods, healthcare, building and construction, electrical and electronics, industrial and automotive."

"We welcome this enhanced strategic alignment with DuPont Engineering Polymers," said Michael L. Rademacher, senior vice president and general manager -- PolyOne Distribution. "The strength of DuPont Engineering Polymers' product brands and its market reach complements our existing portfolio of high-performance materials and services and furthers our ability to help customers meet the challenges they face in today's current economic environment. Moreover, our extensive network and infrastructure are ideally aligned to provide uninterrupted supply and superior customer service."

DuPont Engineering Polymers specializes in application development, operating globally and using a broad range of high-performance materials and technology to help customers in the global aerospace, appliance, automotive, consumer, electrical, electronic, industrial, sporting goods and other diversified industries deliver high-quality, cost-effective systems and components.

DuPont Engineering Polymers products include: Crastin® PBT polyester resin, Sorona® EP thermoplastic polymer, Delrin® acetal resin, Thermx® PCT high performance polyester, DuPont (TM) ETPV engineering thermoplastic vulcanizate, Zenite® liquid crystal polymer, Hytrel® TPC-ET thermoplastic polyester elastomer, Zytel® HTN high performance polyamide, Minlon® mineral reinforced nylon resin, Zytel® nylon resin and Rynite® PET polyester resin.    

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.

DuPontâ„¢, The DuPont Oval Logo, The miracles of science (TM), Crastin®, Sorona®, Delrin®, Thermx®, Zenite®, Hytrel®, Zytel®, Minlon® and Rynite® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

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