Wilmington, Delaware - DuPont has announced leadership changes which its says are aimed at strengthening its biotechnology position, allowing it to "better serve the growing global demand for the company's biotech-based innovations in materials, food, feed and fuel markets."
In polyurethanes, DuPont makes Imron polyurethane enamels, made with its Cerenol corn-based polyol, which the company says provides "superior durability, gloss and colour retention."
Other products in the range are Sorona EP thermoplastic resins and Hytrel RS thermoplastic elastomers, as well as Pro-Cote soy polymers for adhesive uses.
"Across its business segments, DuPont is integrating biology with its expertise in chemistry to deliver its biotechnology pipeline to the marketplace," said DuPont chairman and ceo Charles Holliday Jr, in a 27 Feb announcement.
These leadership changes are part of the strategy of accelerating the commercialisation of its bio-based technologies to meet growing global demand, Holliday added.
Synergies in biotechnology - including materials, coatings, agriculture and biofuels - "are creating potential game- changing solutions to the world's most difficult challenges and significant growth opportunities for DuPont," Holliday continued.
DuPont has already appointed Nicholas Fanandakis as group vice president - DuPont Applied BioSciences, where he will help accelerate efforts to commercialise biofuels and biomaterials.
Thomas Connelly, executive vice president, will lead the integration of biotechnology across the company's business segments, adding responsibility for the Agriculture & Nutrition business segment to his existing duties. Erik Fyrwald, who was group vice president, DuPont Agriculture & Nutrition, has left the company.
James Borel becomes group vice president of the company's agriculture businesses. Craig Binetti, president of DuPont Nutrition & Health, will continue as chairman of the Solae Co., a joint venture with the Bunge Corp. that provides soy protein to the global marketplace. Torkel Rhenman becomes ceo of Solae.
PIC: DuPont and Tate & Lyle's JV plant in Loudon, Tennessee is making bio PDO (propane diol) from renewable sources. PDO is used to make Cerenol polyols."