Propanediol will be produced from corn sugar.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, an equally owned joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle, opened a Loudon, TN-based facility that produces 1,3-propanediol (Bio-PDO™) from renewable resources, in this case, corn sugar.

Company officials say this is the first facility in the world to manufacture this new bio-based product.

Bio-PDO is a biodegradable ingredient that can be used in cosmetics, liquid detergents, and industrial applications such as anti-freeze and many other applications that currently use glycols. It can also be used as a monomer to produce unsaturated polyester resins as well as other specialty polymers such as DuPont Sorona® and the latest renewably sourced polymer, DuPont Cerenol™, according to DuPont officials.

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