DuPont and ADM Open Biobased Pilot Facility in Illinois


 DuPont Biosciences  and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) have announced the opening of their biobased furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) pilot production facility in Decatur, Ill. According to the companies, the plant is the centerpiece of a long-standing collaboration that will help bring a greater variety of sustainably sourced biomaterials into the lives of consumers.

Approximately one-tenth of the world’s oil is used to make the plastic products we use every day. Fossil-fuel-based plastics are virtually impossible to avoid because of a lack of commercially available alternatives—a significant gap in the marketplace that DuPont and ADM’s new biobased FDME will help address, the companies reported.

“We’re confident FDME is both the more sustainable option and the better-for-business option,” said Michael Saltzberg, Ph.D., global business director for Biomaterials at DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “This molecule, and its numerous applications, will be high-performing, cost-effective, and better for the environment. ADM’s expertise in agricultural value chains and the chemistry of carbohydrates makes them the best possible business partner on this initiative. Our goal is to bring this game-changing technology to commercial scale as quickly as possible.”

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), attended the ribbon-cutting in Decatur, delivering remarks and touring the facility. “Illinois has always been a hub of agricultural innovation and scientific discovery, and both DuPont and ADM have been an important part of the fabric of our local farming communities,” said Rep. Davis. “This facility is a testament to the vitality and vibrancy of my district’s workforce and the critical importance of manufacturing in and revitalizing our rural communities.”