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DuPont Licenses Breakthrough Automotive Coating Technology to German Paint Maker

Helps Automakers Reduce Crucial Energy and Capital Costs

WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bollig & Kemper, a German manufacturer of coatings for the European auto industry, has signed a license agreement for DuPont EcoConcept, a patented coatings technology that enables auto manufacturers to realize substantial reductions in energy use, environmental emissions and capital costs.

Under the license agreement, the Cologne-based paint maker will manufacture and sell water-based basecoats for use in the EcoConcept process at automotive manufacturing plants in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

EcoConcept technology was recognized in 2007 when the authoritative auto industry publication Automotive News presented DuPont with a PACE Award, the highest honor in a competition staged annually by the publication.

"The global automotive industry has never been as competitive as it is today, so every cost advantage is vital," said Marty McQuade, vice president and general manager -- DuPont Automotive Systems. "This technology offers multiple benefits, providing auto manufacturers with a competitive advantage by delivering identifiable, measurable and meaningful cost and environmental savings."

EcoConcept eliminates one complete coating layer, the primer-surfacer, and combines it into a single environmentally compliant water-based basecoat. As a result, a spray booth and curing oven are eliminated from the auto production line.

Specifically, the technology reduces energy consumption and solvent emissions related to the painting process by approximately 25 percent. Carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 45-50 kilograms per vehicle built. The combination of two coats into one reduces production time and saves on the cost of equipment needed for the conventional three-coat process.

DuPont EcoConcept technology currently is used at two Volkswagen plants in Mexico and Spain. Some 200,000 cars have been produced using the process. The licensing agreement with Bollig & Kemper will allow more manufacturers to adopt the technology. DuPont is a major global supplier of automotive coatings.

DuPont -- one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 18 years ago -- has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) 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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Caption: DuPont EcoConcept is a patented finishing system that allows

automotive manufacturers to eliminate an entire coat in the

painting process. EcoConcept reduces greenhouse gas emissions

and saves energy and time.

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