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Polystyrene-based insulation foams historically utilized a flame retardant called hexabromocylododecane (HBCD). HBCD is classified as a persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) material and has been banned in several countries globally. Builders and manufacturers were challenged to find a high performing, safer alternative while maintaining cost competitiveness, insulation efficacy and fire safety ratings.
In developing BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology, we replaced HBCD in polystyrene-based foam insulation with one that has inherently low toxicity and is safer by design.
In addition to superior toxicological performance compared to HBCD, BLUEDGE™ meets other industry requirements around flame retardant properties, foam board production and performance, and economic viability.
Our work in supporting the phase out of HBCD in China includes securing a local supply and advocating to stakeholders the superior performance of BLUEDGE™ as an alternative to HBCD in polystyrene insulation foam.
Shandong Sunris New Material Co., LTD (Sunris) partnered with DuPont to license BLUEDGE™ technology and now has 6000 tons of annual capacity. We worked with Sunris to find a new, high-quality raw material supplier and implement cost reduction activities to support price competition.
DuPont has also licensed BLUEDGE™ masterbatch technology to Guangzhou Fuda Insulation Materials Co., LTD (Fuda), the largest XPS foam manufacturer in China. We have supported Fuda’s implementation of a BLUEDGE™ masterbatch production line, which will enable broader market adoption of the BLUEDGE™ technology in China when complete.
Compared to traditional antenna materials, the superior performance of DuPont Pyralux® improves as frequencies increase, enabling telecommunications innovations to advance a connected society.
BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology eliminates the use of hazardous flame retardants with one that has inherently low toxicity, delivers required performance and is economically viable.
DuPont materials for advanced chip fabrication enable faster and more complex computing for smartphones and other electronic devices, while consuming less power per bit.
Sorek B, which leverages DuPont FilmTec™ membranes, will increase Israel's desalination capacity by 35% and set a new benchmark for efficiency, sustainability and a record low price of water through desalination.
Reduction of packaging waste is an increasingly important topic for the healthcare industry as it seeks to achieve a circular economy. Packaging for IV sets presents a unique design challenge because of the variety of structural components, the durability required and the need for more sustainable options.
In 2021, in line with our Innovating Safer by Design and Enabling a Circular Economy objectives, the Asia CMP Center implemented a strategy to reduce its production of halogen waste by selecting raw materials with a less hazardous chemical profile, and cooperating with local recycling technology companies to reuse, recycle, and regenerate the byproduct.
Reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment systems provide the finest levels of pressurized crossflow filtration but can require a significant amount of cleaning to combat biofouling that results in operational challenges. Biofouling is the deposition of micro- and macro-organisms on industrial cooling equipment. Unchecked, biofouling causes significant operational and economic problems.
Moving to a “dry” running conveyor belt system in the bottling industry will reduce maintenance down time and amount of wastewater than requires proper disposal. DuPont and Regina have developed an innovative conveyor solution that reduces energy consumption and extends useful life.