NEW YORK-Joseph A. Miller Jr., DuPont Co. senior vice president for research and development, claims DuPont has developed a ``radical new process for the production of PET polymers.'' The process could reduce capital investment in PET production by as much as 50 percent, Miller said. He spoke at a Jan. 26 news conference in New York.
The Wilmington, Del., chemical giant has applied for a patent on the technology.
While he would not provide details on the process, Miller said it is focused on the handling of PET feedstock and precursor chemicals, and has the potential to be adapted to the handling of feedstock and precursor chemicals used to make other engineering thermoplastics.
A pilot plant is being built at an undisclosed DuPont facility to test the process on a large-scale basis, Miller said. He said the company expects to have results within a year.