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DuPONT AUTOMOTIVE EXECUTIVE SPEAKS AT SAE CONGRESS

 DETROIT, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Increasing environmental expectations will define many of the technological choices that must be made over the balance of the decade to keep the auto industry healthy, said Louis F. Savelli, vice president and general manager of DuPont Automotive, at a press briefing here today during the Society of Automotive Engineers Congress and Exposition.
 DuPont introduced several technologies and products to help automakers reduce assembly plant emissions and address growing solid- waste disposal problems.
 "Today's cars are 80-percent cleaner and nearly twice as fuel efficient as they were 15 years ago, but government expectations keep rising," said Savelli. "To remain competitive, the automotive industry must achieve another step-change improvement in environmental performance."
 New products and technology updates announced by DuPont this week include:
 -- "CorMax" III ES lead-free electrocoat primer, which completes the DuPont line of environmental finishes. The line, including waterborne and powder coatings, dramatically reduces VOCs, while increasing finish aesthetics and corrosion protection.
 -- "Ecofil" polyester fiber clusters, a new economically recyclable alternative to urethane foam, for seat cushions. The new product, composed of 5-10 millimeter clusters of polyester fiber, is compression molded into seat cushions that offer weight and comfort advantages, while eliminating hazardous emissions during manufacture and window fogging during use.
 -- Proprietary chemical recycling processes that "renew" post- consumer nylon as a complement to a system announced last year for thermoplastic polyester. The processes allow reinforcements, additives and paint to be separated out to make first-quality polymer that can be returned for an original use in virtually any market. DuPont has invested approximately $200 million to internally recover nearly 300 million pounds of first-quality polymer a year under controlled conditions. The company also has invested nearly an equal amount in more than 100 post-use recycling pilot programs and technologies, including chemical recycling.
 -- "DuPont XTC" thermoplastic polyester composite sheet, which can be either melt- or chemically recycled, will be available in commercial quantities for Class A body panel development later this spring.
 -- A new DuPont resource team will help complete the conversion of about 80 percent of vehicle assembly plants DuPont services to chlorine- free "Suva" Trans A/C (HFC-134a) in auto air-conditioning systems. The transition will be complete this summer.
 With world headquarters in Troy, Mich., DuPont Automotive offers more than 100 product lines to the worldwide auto industry, including plastics, elastomers, advanced composites, finishes, fibers, fabricated products, electronics, specialty chemicals and lubricants.
 DuPont reported worldwide automotive sales of approximately $3 billion in 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Terrence Q. Cressy of DuPont Automotive, 313-583-8102, or Carole Davies of Eisbrenner Public Relations, 313-641-1446, for DuPont Automotive/


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