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DuPont Titanium Technologies and Kronos Announce Settlement of Patent Litigation

SpecialChem / Nov 2, 2005

WILMINGTON, Del., and CRANBURY, N.J. -- DuPont Titanium Technologies and Kronos Worldwide, Inc. announced settlement of litigation involving patented technology used to produce certain titanium dioxide pigments such as DuPont R-104 and Kronos 2500 for use in polymers.

This favorable agreement for both companies now allows expanded use of these leading edge technologies and offerings in polymer applications around the world. As part of the settlement and in recognition of the validity and value of each other's patents, the parties have cross-licensed each other's patents worldwide in this field. This agreement also covers the use of these titanium dioxide pigments by customers in their plastic polymer applications. Other settlement terms were not disclosed.

Kronos Worldwide, Inc. is a major international producer of titanium dioxide pigments.

DuPont Titanium Technologies is the world's largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, serving customers globally in the coatings, paper and plastics industries. The company operates plants at DeLisle, Miss.; New Johnsonville, Tenn.; Edge Moor, Del.; Starke, Fla.; Altamira, Mexico; and Kuan Yin, Taiwan, all of which use the chloride manufacturing process. The company also operates a plant in Uberaba, Brazil, for finishing titanium dioxide. Technical service centers are located in Uberaba, Brazil; Mexico City, Mexico; Mechelen, Belgium; Kuan Yin, Taiwan; Ulsan, Korea; Wilmington, Del.; and Shanghai, China, to serve the European, Middle Eastern, United States, Asian and Latin America markets.

DuPont (NYSE: DD - News) is a science 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, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Source: DuPont Titanium Technologies


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