DuPont Updates Investors on its Applied BioSciences Business
VONORE and LOUDON, Tenn., May 11, 2010 – DuPont is executing a rapid commercialization strategy in its Applied BioSciences business for a diverse portfolio of high-performance, renewable products that address the needs of large markets, DuPont leaders told security analysts and investors. As a result, the company has set goals for the Applied BioSciences business of $1 billion in revenue and $250 million in pretax earnings by 2015.
“DuPont is uniquely positioned to lead in industrial biotechnology. We are connecting our core technology capabilities to markets that can be transformed by our science and this strategy is beginning to pay off,” said Thomas M. Connelly, DuPont executive vice president and chief innovation officer. “The Applied BioSciences portfolio is developing solutions to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and continues to be one of the most significant growth opportunities in the company’s history.”
“We are seeing rapid growth and expansion from our first suite of biomaterials products while our biofuels programs have met technical and economic hurdles and advanced to the demonstration phase,” said Craig Binetti, president – DuPont Applied BioSciences. “As a result, we are confident in our goal to deliver substantial revenue and earnings growth for DuPont.”
Investors were invited to Tennessee to see the business’ first commercial biomaterials facility and its first demonstration biofuels facility, each of which is bringing DuPont Applied BioSciences technology to market. The DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products facility in Loudon, Tenn., produces 100 million pounds annually of Bio-PDO®. The DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol demonstration facility in Vonore, Tenn., is preparing this second-generation biofuel technology for market.
Updates provided on the business portfolio included:
“Our unmatched access to production agriculture through our Pioneer Hi-Bred business, our global reach in geographic markets such as China and Brazil and our knowledge of many global business markets including automotive and packaging provides insights from farmers to the end user. This is a true DuPont advantage,” Connelly said. “In addition our strong partnerships with BP, Danisco, Tate & Lyle and others complement our skills and accelerate our progress and pace.”
“We are in pursuit of large, growing renewable markets in excess of $150 billion,” Binetti said. “The developing nature of this space coupled with our advantaged biotechnology capabilities and market-access provides us the opportunity for step-change growth and competitive advantage. We do not just want to participate in the markets, but shape and transform the industries we serve.”
A copy of today’s presentations can be found at the Investor Center of the company’s website at www.dupont.com.
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DuPont Applied BioSciences Factsheet: http://www2.dupont.com/Media_Center/en_US/assets/downloads/pdf/FactSheet_IR_ABS.pdf
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