DuPont – A BRIEF DESCRIPTION
'World's biggest book'–"One Look at Mexico, Colors and Flavors"–has its pages made with DuPont™ Tyvek®. The book's dimensions will be two meters high by two meters wide.
E.I. du Pont was the younger of two sons born to Paris watchmaker Pierre Samuel du Pont who, by the
1780s, had become a noted political economist, a rising government official, and an advocate of free trade.
E.I. du Pont studied explosives production techniques with the famous chemist Antoine Lavoisier.
In 1791, after the onset of the French Revolution, he gave up powder-making to assist in his father's small
printing and publishing business.
The du Ponts' moderate political views proved a liability in revolutionary France. In 1797 a mob ransacked
their printing shop and they were briefly imprisoned. In late 1799 they fled to America.
E.I. du Pont established his first gunpowder mill on the Brandywine River in 1802 in the US.
Fabrikoid was one of DuPont's first non-explosives products and was marketed as artificial leather.
When General Motors faced bankruptcy in 1920, Pierre left DuPont to create a decentralized management
structure to cope effectively with GM's widely varying products and markets.
Cellophane inaugurated a consumer revolution. Its sanitary wrapping enabled producers and retailers to
attractively display their products and allowed consumers to see what they were buying. DuPont scientist
William Hale Charch developed a moisture-proofing system for cellophane in 1927. Moisture-proof
cellophane quickly transformed food packaging and marketing worldwide.
Neoprene was the first major product to emerge from DuPont's fundamental research program led by
Wallace Carothers. DuPont marketed its discovery in 1931 under the trade name Duprene®.
DuPont introduced non-CFC substitutes for Freon®–Suva® refrigerants and Dymel® propellants in 1990.
The 1999 acquisition of Pioneer Hi-Bred International marked a major step in DuPont's overall strategy to
integrate agricultural biology into the company's science and technology base.
Solae™ brand soy protein made by made by DuPont Protein Technologies is a complete protein derived
from soybeans and is used as an ingredient in a wide variety of food, beverage and meat products.