Interview with Simon Herriott

Simon Herriott
Simon Herriott
Global Business Director - Biomaterials
DuPont Industrial Biosciences
DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Sorona uses lesser energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases than nylon 6 or nylon 6,6
DuPont, headquartered in the US, is one of the world's leading chemical companies. The textiles sector occupies a major portion of turnover. Simon Herriott, Global business director-biomaterials of DuPont Industrial Biosciences discusses the contribution of DuPont towards the textiles sector, the sustainability aspect that lies beneath, and its current market scenario in an interview with Fibre2Fashion.

Which are the core areas in the textiles industry that DuPont caters to?

Over its 212-year history, DuPont has been a leader in the development of textiles and advanced materials. The company developed rayon, nylon, Lycra and other household textiles, along with other protective materials such as Kevlar, Teflon and Tyvek, that keeps our first responders and military safe. In recent years, we developed a new fibre called Sorona, a versatile fibre that offers unparalleled performance, cost effectiveness, and sustainability to the textiles market. DuPont Sorona, a renewably-sourced fibre, is a proof of our commitment to create innovative solutions that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A breakthrough addition to biopolymer solutions, Sorona allows mills and designers to combine the benefit of renewability without sacrificing the need for a versatile material that offers high performance and design freedom across applications.

What new products can this vertical expect from DuPont during this fiscal?

As Fibre2Fashion reported, DuPont recently partnered with Vipul Sarees, a leader in the Indian saree market, to use the Sorona fibre to make soft and colourful sarees in chiffon, georgette, satin and crepe materials that rival the luxurious feel of silk. DuPont won the 2015 Breakthrough Bio-Based Technology Platform Award at the World Biomarkets Conference for this partnership, honouring our commitment to biomaterials and renewably sourced technologies. We look forward to continued innovation in the years ahead.
Published on: 27/03/2015

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of Fibre2Fashion.com.

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