Plasma TVs Enhanced with DuPont's New Generation of DuPont(TM) Fodel® Conductive Pastes

Improved Picture Quality, Reduced Manufacturing Costs Expected from DuPont Innovation

WILMINGTON, Del., Jan. 18 /- DuPont (NYSE:DD) today announced the introduction of a new generation of DuPont(TM) Fodel® conductive pastes that provide the electrical connections for millions of pixels on the front and back glass used on plasma display panels (PDPs). Full-scale production is expected to begin this year at DuPont facilities in Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

The new product line, 7G Fodel® pastes, provides higher resolution for a full high definition television (HDTV) image. It also provides manufacturers a total cost reduction of 25 percent through lower paste consumption and reduced content of the precious metal Ruthenium.

"The PDP television market is about $10 billion annually and growing rapidly. Our goal is to develop lower cost, higher performance materials for improved image quality through better bright and dark contrast and finer resolution for high definition television," said David B. Miller, vice president and general manager, DuPont Electronic Technologies.

"A major trend in the industry is moving to larger glass sizes, and our Fodel® products allow manufacturers to do that, with improved image quality. This will provide consumers with more options to enjoy the stunning picture quality offered by full HD, flat panel plasma televisions," Miller said.

The DuPont(TM) Fodel® paste technology provides a simple, high yield and highly scaleable process for fine-line patterning of conductor lines on plasma glass panels. Compared to previous generations of Fodel® pastes, the new 7G pastes utilize novel, patent-pending black pigments developed by DuPont to reduce dependence on Ruthenium by 80 percent, and still achieve improved blackness and conductivity in a typical plasma television.

Several major manufacturers are in the process of qualifying the 7G Fodel® pastes.

DuPont Electronic Technologies is a leading supplier of electronic materials for the fabrication and packaging of semiconductors, for hybrid, rigid and flexible circuits and for advanced displays.

DuPont -- one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 16 years ago -- has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets. The new Fodel® product line contributes to the company's commitment through lower paste consumption and reduced precious metal content.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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