DuPont: New colour portfolio for DuPont™ Butacite®

DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions is introducing a collection of coloured DuPont™ Butacite® polyvinyl butyral
(PVB) laminated glass interlayers to further extend the product’s use in the architectural and transportation sectors. Particular features of the company’s new solid colour portfolio are the spectrum of colours on offer – 30 in all – and their availability in either transparent or translucent form. Produced at the recently-integrated Retrim facility in Zlin, Czech Republic, the new Butacite® PVB colours will be launched across the globe during the first quarter of 2006.
Originally used in automotive windshields, laminated safety glass with Butacite® PVB interlayer is experiencing increased adoption in residential and commercial applications such as partitions, cladding, curtain walls, doors, and even roofs. Its principle benefits include those of increased safety – i.e. performance under impact – security, sound reduction and solar and ultraviolet control.
DuPont is now complementing these functional properties by launching the new range of solid colours, thus enhancing the product’s architectural and design appeal. Indeed it was based on feedback from these sectors that the company selected and “---tened” the 30 colours available – resulting in exotic and appealing names such as ‘Papaya Yellow’, ‘Cantelope Orange’ and ‘Violet Grape’. The colours were also chosen to harmonise with other DuPont products for the residential and commercial sectors, such as the
popular and versatile DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces. A further novelty of the new range is that all 30 colours are available in
either a ‘Classic’ (transparent) or ‘Discrete’ (translucent) edition. The addition of the translucent option, an innovation in the coloured interlayer market, enables the partial obscuring of objects and items behind the laminated glass – an interesting design option, particularly for use in bathrooms or boutiques for example.

The first public display of the new Butacite® PVB colour portfolio was during a customer event held at the Retrim facility in the Czech Republic where the coloured interlayer is manufactured. The event, which took place at the end of November 2005, also saw the launch of Butacite® G Bright Vision™, a new generation of clear PVB with enhanced optical properties both for automotive
and architectural applications. The customer day marked the completion of investment in the Retrim production facility, which includes a new and highly-sophisticated extrusion line to boost both capability and capacity. DuPont acquired Retrim, a company with expertise in the use of recycled PVB to make high-quality interlayers, in February 2004. Commenting on the launch of its new colour range, Jiri Lang, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions’ Retrim manager said: “We believe that recognition of
the benefits of laminated glass, particularly in interior design, is growing. In order to encourage this growth, we are launching a comprehensive range of colours in transparent and translucent editions, to enable greater flexibility in the creation of appealing, secure and comfortable interior and exterior spaces.” Reviewing the successful integration of the Retrim business and the company’s subsequent investment in the facility, Luigi Robbiati, Vice- President of DuPont Glass Laminated Solutions, added: “The acquisition of Retrim, the associated capacity increase, and now the launch of the first new product range from the facility – all are strategic measures aimed at achieving our vision of becoming the preferred supplier and leading innovator of the glass laminating industry.”

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