DuPont™ Sorona® Adds to a Legacy in Fiber Technology Innovation

DuPont has been the world leader in polymer and fiber technology since the early 1900's. From the first plastic-coated fabrics developed in the 1910s to ground-breaking fibers like the versatile nylon, neoprene rubber fabric, elastic Lycra®, bullet-proof Kevlar®, and even Tyvek® and Teflon®, DuPont has created extraordinary textile products that have transformed contemporary living.  As DuPont continues to develop new innovations in fiber technology, this timeline will grow.


  • Grand Opening of the DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts Facility in Loudon, Tennessee, which manufactures natural and renewably sourced ingredients such as bio-based propanediol, a key ingredient of DuPont™ Sorona®.
  • DuPont and Tate & Lyle PLC form a joint venture, DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts, to create materials from renewable resources like glucose.
  • DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber is commercially available for carpet and a wide range of apparel.


  • Tactel® nylon fabrics used in apparel
  • Thermolite® thin insulation battings
  • Thermoloft® battings for protective outerwear insulation
  • Quallofirm® pillows
  • High Trek® blended yarns
  • Comforel® pillows


  • Quallofil® battings for sleeping bag insulation
  • Supplex® nylon fiber for active outdoor apparel
  • Coolmax® fabrics for active outdoor and performance apparel
  • Softer Dacron® polyester
  • Corebond® fibers for bedding
  • Thermax® fabrics for outerwear
  • Ultratech Orlon® acrylic


  • Hollofil® fibers for pillow and upholstery insulation
  • Typar® spun-bonded polypropylene for road building, drainage systems, inversion roofing, and landscaping
  • Sontara® spunlaced fabric for lint-free apparel including hospital masks and surgical gowns and baby wipes.


  • Kevlar® aramid fiber for ballistic and stab-resistant body armor and gloves
  • Antron® nylon fiber
  • Lycra® spandex fiber for apparel, providing comfort stretch and freedom of movement
  • Nomex® aramid fiber, best known for firefighters’ apparel
  • Tyvek® spun-bonded olefin for housing construction and for envelopes
  • Teflon® FEP-fluorocarbon monofilament fiber


  • Dacron® polyester fiber for apparel
  • Teflon® fabric protector
  • Dacron® polyester fiberfill


  • Orlon® acrylic fiber for use in women’s sweaters, blankets, and carpets.


  • Nylon fiber
  • Neoprene synthetic rubber


  • Cordura® high-tenacity rayon for apparel and textiles.
  • Rayon fiber
  • Acetate fiber


  • Plastic-coated fabrics used in apparel. In 1915 DuPont purchased the Arlington Company, a manufacturer of Pyralin®, a nitrocellulose pyroxylin plastic used in automobile side curtains as well as combs, collars, and cuffs.

Sorona® contains 37% annually renewable plant based ingredients by weight (28% biobased carbon)