DuPont™ Sorona® Adds to a Legacy in Fiber Technology Innovation

September 01 2015

DuPont has been the world leader in polymer and fiber technology since the early 1900's. From the first plastic-coated fabrics developed in the 1910s to ground-breaking fibers like the versatile nylon, neoprene rubber fabric, elastic Lycra®, bullet-proof Kevlar®, and even Tyvek® and Teflon®, DuPont has created extraordinary textile products that have transformed contemporary living. As DuPont continues to develop new innovations in fiber technology, this timeline will grow.


- Grand Opening of the DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts Facility in Loudon, Tennessee, which manufactures natural and renewably sourced ingredients such as bio-based propanediol, a key ingredient of DuPont™ Sorona®.

- DuPont and Tate & Lyle PLC form a joint venture, DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts, to create materials from renewable resources like glucose.

- DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber is commercially available for carpet and a wide range of apparel.


- Tactel® nylon fabrics used in apparel

- Thermolite® thin insulation battings

- Thermoloft® battings for protective outerwear insulation

- Quallofirm® pillows

- High Trek® blended yarns

- Comforel® pillows


- Quallofil® battings for sleeping bag insulation

- Supplex® nylon fiber for active outdoor apparel

- Coolmax® fabrics for active outdoor and performance apparel

- Softer Dacron® polyester

- Corebond® fibers for bedding

- Thermax® fabrics for outerwear

- Ultratech Orlon® acrylic


- Hollofil® fibers for pillow and upholstery insulation

- Typar® spun-bonded polypropylene for road building, drainage systems, inversion roofing, and landscaping

- Sontara® spunlaced fabric for lint-free apparel including hospital masks and surgical gowns and baby wipes.


- Kevlar® aramid fiber for ballistic and stab-resistant body armor and gloves

- Antron® nylon fiber

- Lycra® spandex fiber for apparel, providing comfort stretch and freedom of movement

- Nomex® aramid fiber, best known for firefighters' apparel

- Tyvek® spun-bonded olefin for housing construction and for envelopes

- Teflon® FEP-fluorocarbon monofilament fiber


- Dacron® polyester fiber for apparel

- Teflon® fabric protector

- Dacron® polyester fiberfill


- Orlon® acrylic fiber for use in women's sweaters, blankets, and carpets.


- Nylon fiber

- Neoprene synthetic rubber


- Cordura® high-tenacity rayon for apparel and textiles.

- Rayon fiber

- Acetate fiber


- Plastic-coated fabrics used in apparel. In 1915 DuPont purchased the Arlington Company, a manufacturer of Pyralin®, a nitrocellulose pyroxylin plastic used in automobile side curtains as well as combs, collars, and cuffs.

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