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VEHICLES BECOMING MORE GREEN -- IN COLOR AND RECYCLABLE CONTENT

 TROY, Mich., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont's annual survey of vehicle color popularity shows green gained in 1992, but the company says the concept of "green" cars refers to more than just paint color.
 "Today's cars are 80 percent cleaner and nearly twice as fuel efficient as they were 15 years ago, but government and consumer expectations keep rising," said Louis F. Savelli, vice president and general manager of DuPont's Automotive. "To remain competitive, the automotive industry must achieve another step-change improvement in environmental performance."
 DuPont has introduced several technologies and products to help automakers become more "green" by working to eliminate chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), reducing lead in assembly plant operations and utilizing the latest material and recycling technologies to address the growing solid-waste disposal problem.
 By the end of this year, approximately 80 percent of U.S. vehicle assembly plants will be charging air-conditioned vehicles with a new refrigerant that is not a CFC to meet international regulations eliminating CFC production by the end of 1995.
 DuPont has assembled a team of experts to help automakers convert existing refrigerant 12 (CFC-12) storage and charging equipment in assembly plants to utilize "Suva" Trans A/C (HFC-134a). "Suva" Trans A/C is the chlorine-free replacement refrigerant DuPont began producing in December 1990.
 DuPont also has developed a lead-free electrodeposition primer coating, "CorMax" III ES, that significantly reduces volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions while maintaining superior corrosion protection. This development completes the new DuPont line of automotive finishes that improves environmental impact.
 The finishes include waterborne and powder coatings that meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations, while preserving a high- quality finish.
 Proprietary chemical recycling processes -- one announced last year for thermoplastic polyester, plus newly announced processes for nylon -- allow DuPont to economically return complex, reinforced and painted automotive parts back to their pure monomer ingredients. The ingredients then can be repolymerized into virgin polymer.
 This capability will increase the opportunity to recycle automotive components ranging from under-hood componentry to body panels and carpeting, according to DuPont.
 With these processes, typical post-consumer plastic packaging, like PET beverage bottles, thermoplastic polyester auto parts and fabric, as well as more than 80 percent of all nylon used today for components, carpeting and air bags can be economically recovered and returned to virtually any original use in any market.
 DuPont recently introduced "Ecofil" polyester fiber clusters, an automotive seat cushion product that weighs less and is more comfortable than urethane rubber foam. It represents the world's first melt- recyclable cost-competitive alternative to thermoset urethane rubber foam.
 "Ecofil" is composed of uniquely shaped, 5-10 millimeter spherical polyester fiber clusters manufactured through a proprietary DuPont process. These fiber clusters are heated and compression-molded in a non-reactive conversion process to form stable, three-dimensional shapes -- like automotive seat cushions -- which offer superior resilience for increased comfort, compared to conventional polyester batting.
 Using "Ecofil" in the cushion, "Dacron" polyester for the trim fabric and "Rynite" or "Dupont XTC" thermoplastic for the frame, the entire vehicle seating system becomes integrally recyclable -- without disassembly -- through a proprietary DuPont chemical depolymerization process.
 "DuPont XTC" -- the first recyclable thermoplastic alternative to thermoset sheet-molded compound (SMC) horizontal exterior body panels -- can either be melt-recycled or chemically recovered for virtually any first-quality use through DuPont's proprietary polymer recovery process.
 With world headquarters in Troy, DuPont Automotive offers more than 100 product lines to the worldwide automotive 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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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Color slides and black-and-white prints of many of the products and technologies mentioned in this story are available by calling Tim Keenan of Eisbrenner Public Relations for DuPont Automotive at 313-641-1446./
 /CONTACT: Megan A. O'Brien of DuPont Automotive, 313-583-8199; or Tim Keenan of Eisbrenner Public Relations, 313-641-1446, for DuPont Automotive/


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