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Covation Biomaterials to Deliver Performance Bio-Based Materials at Scale

Covation Biomaterials, a global company offering bio-based solutions, launched Wednesday as an independent business after Huafon Group acquired DuPont Biomaterials.

Combining decades of world-class science and engineering expertise with new investment and manufacturing capabilities, Covation Biomaterials aims to create the sustainable building blocks for customers to make innovative and high-performance, bio-based products accessible globally.

“As a supplier of bio-based materials solutions, we are an important gateway into a more circular economy,” said Michael Saltzberg, Covation Biomaterials CEO. “Sustainable supply chains must begin with sustainable materials and our science allows our customers to end their overreliance on petroleum. By collaborating with forward-thinking value chain partners and brands globally, we will continue to push the boundaries of innovation and sustainability to deliver high-performance biomaterials at scale.”

Covation Biomaterials said its products improves performance, protect the environment and with its customers will find new ways to use science and engineering to meet the growing global demand for sustainable materials.

Covation Biomaterials launched Wednesday as an independent business, following the acquisition of DuPont Biomaterials by the Huafon Group.
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“We are thrilled to be joining the Huafon Group, a highly successful materials company that is uniquely positioned to expand the reach of our current products and help us accelerate the introduction of new offerings and technologies to the market,” Saltzberg said.

The new company builds on a legacy and successful suite of products currently available in the market. This includes Sorona, a partially bio-based polymer that answers the global call for sustainably sourced carpets and fabrics. Sorona is suited for creating attractive, high-performance apparel and soft, durable carpeting.

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Susterra is a 100 percent plant-based, high-performance building block that reduces the need for petroleum-based components while enhancing end-product attributes. Its applications range from footwear and outdoor apparel to coatings, inks and functional fluids, while Zemea, a plant-based and biodegradable material, helps brands reach sustainability goals without compromising quality or performance. It’s available in multiple formulations, meeting exacting standards in a variety of high-volume markets, from personal care and home care, to pharmaceuticals and enhancing flavors and foods.

Covation Biomaterials also said it has a rich product pipeline of bio-based solutions that it will bring to the market.

“We have long admired the work by this team of biomaterials scientists and developers who are developing industry-leading, sustainable materials available at scale,” said Feifeng You, vice president of the Huafon Group and Covation chairman. “The addition of Covation Biomaterials to the Huafon Group will bring bio-based materials to an even larger global customer base and drive the materials sector toward a sustainable future. We are excited for the bright future of this business.”

Based in Newark, Del., Covation Biomaterials builds on DuPont’s legacy of groundbreaking scientific innovation and novel solutions at scale across multiple industries, including apparel, carpeting, cosmetics, food and packaging.

Headquartered in Ruian, China, Huafon Group is one of the largest manufacturers of polyurethane (PU) materials in the world with a broad product portfolio in adipic acid, polyester polyols, spandex filament, microfiber material, TPU and polyamide. Huafon Group has more than 14,000 employees and owns multiple subsidiary companies globally in chemical, metals, finance, logistics, information technology and trade.