DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products celebrates over 100 years of innovation in synthetic leathers


In 1910, one of DuPont’s first products outside its original core business of explosives was Fabrikoid, a coated fabric marketed as artificial leather. And now transforming the world again a century later, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products, a joint venture between global sciences company DuPont and global renewable ingredients manufacturer Tate & Lyle, is showcasing high performing bio-based synthetic leather coatings. At the 2016 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, September 26-28, DuPont Tate & Lyle will demonstrate the versatility of using Susterra® propanediol as a building block for polyurethane applications from synthetic leather and fabric coatings to cast parts and elastomers.

“Even as far back as the 1920s automobile and upholstery manufacturers were looking for more durable fabrics for seat covers,” explains Steve Hurff, VP marketing and sales for DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “Today multi-layer polyurethane coated fabrics dominate the synthetic leather market. Susterra®propanediol gives polyurethane coating producers a solution for enhanced abrasion resistance and low temperature performance in synthetic leathers and other coated fabric applications.”

“Susterra® propanediol is the building block that delivers high performance in a variety of polyurethane applications,” explains Bob Miller, business development manager for DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “The versatility of polyurethanes is derived from the wide selection of raw materials available. Today manufacturers can utilize Susterra® propanediol to meet the performance they are looking for as well as the bio-content their customer may desire.”

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry’s annual Polyurethanes Technical Conference, the longest-running polyurethanes conference in North America, offers the unique convergence of industry expertise, professional networking, and regulatory insight. Join us at booth #1 to learn the bio-based performance that Susterra® propanediol can bring to your applications.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont, a global science company, and Tate & Lyle, a world-leading renewable food and industrial ingredients company. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products provides natural and renewably sourced ingredients that enhance product performance. For more information on Susterra® propanediol, visit to see the solutions we offer across a wide variety of markets and applications.