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Launch of Covation Biomaterials

Sorona, a partially bio-based polymer for fabrics. © Covation Biomaterials.

2nd June 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Newark, DE, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Following the acquisition of DuPont Biomaterials by the Ruian, China-headquartered Huafon Group, Covation Biomaterials is being launched as an independent business.

Combining decades of world-class science and engineering expertise with new investment and manufacturing capabilities, Covation Biomaterials is creating the sustainable building blocks for customers to make 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 over-reliance 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. 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.”

Susterra applications include footwear and outdoor apparel. © Covation Biomaterials

The new company, headquartered in Newark, Delaware, builds on a decades-long legacy and successful suite of products currently available in the market including:

-Sorona, a partially bio-based polymer that answers the global call for sustainably sourced carpets and fabrics.

-Susterra, a 100% plant-based 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.

-Zemea, a plant-based and biodegradable material that helps brands reach sustainability goals without compromising quality or performance. Available in multiple formulations, Zemea meets exacting standards in a variety of high-volume markets, from personal care and home care, to pharmaceuticals, to enhancing flavors and foods.

“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 of the board. “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 towards a sustainable future. We are excited for the bright future of this business.


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