New Family of DuPont High Performance Engineering Resins Can Double the Life of Automotive Components

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DuPont announced the launch of a new family of products – DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon – that can significantly extend the performance life of automotive under-the-hood components, enabling further replacement of metals with high performance plastics for lightweighting of vehicles.

Diane H. Gulyas said,“With the launch of Zytel® PLUS, DuPont is delivering market-driven innovation that enables plastic components to reliably perform twice as long in that environment, reducing weight and supporting the push for sustainable mobility.

DuPont announced the launch of a new family of products – DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS nylon – that can significantly extend the performance life of automotive under-the-hood components, enabling further replacement of metals with high performance plastics for lightweighting of vehicles.

“Performance demands in the automotive industry continue to increase as automakers strive to deliver higher performance and improved fuel efficiency, resulting in smaller, hotter-running engines,” said Diane H. Gulyas, president – DuPont Performance Polymers. “With the launch of Zytel® PLUS, DuPont is delivering market-driven innovation that enables plastic components to reliably perform twice as long in that environment, reducing weight and supporting the push for sustainable mobility.”

“Higher durability of components also helps automakers achieve their goals of improved vehicle reliability, better quality and improved warranty performance,” Gulyas said.

In pre-launch trials, DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS was demonstrated to improve heat performance by 30-40 degrees Celsius (54-72 degrees Fahrenheit) and to maintain performance levels much longer than traditional nylons. The new product family is the result of several research and development breakthroughs. The product’s long-term performance under exposure to heat and chemicals is a result of DuPont™ SHIELD Technology, which combines several innovations including a new polymer backbone, polymer modifications and proprietary additives which enhance many performance characteristics. While initial grades are targeted primarily to the automotive industry, additional product grades are planned for 2010 for other applications in multiple markets.

The energy efficiency resulting from this new product supports DuPont’s focus on reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

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.

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Cathy Branciaroli
302-992-2825
cathleen.a.branciaroli(at)usa.dupont(dot)com

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