Tests Show DuPont(TM) Teflon(R) Nonstick Coatings for Cookware Outperform and Outlast "Ceramic" Coatings

Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:09pm EST

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CHICAGO, Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - For more than 50 years of innovation,
consumers have relied on cookware with DuPont™ Teflon®
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 nonstick coatings to give them advanced performance with easy clean-up. DuPont is once again
leading the industry by providing fact-based information to help consumers make informed
decisions.

Today DuPont announced the results of side-by-side testing
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 to enable consumers make an educated decision when choosing between Teflon nonstick coatings or
"ceramic" coatings. In repeated tests conducted by DuPont, cookware with Teflon nonstick coatings
proved to be more durable and continued to offer superior nonstick food release, outlasting
"ceramic" coatings seven-to-one.

"The superior performance and durability of Teflon nonstick coatings improves the enjoyment of
cooking and makes clean-up easy," said David W. Devoe, North American marketing manager, DuPont
Teflon brand consumer finishes business. "With Teflon nonstick coatings, consumers can save money
by less frequently replacing worn out ceramic cookware. Environmentally
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, this can also mean less discarded cookware and cookware packaging in landfills, as well as less
energy used in cookware manufacture."

"Ceramic" coatings are made by using sol-gel chemistry to create synthetic polymer coatings.
Consumers should be highly skeptical of marketing claims that suggest "ceramic" coatings are
somehow healthier, greener or more natural than Teflon nonstick coatings.

"'Ceramic' coatings are made using a synthesized polymer that does not have a reasonably lasting
nonstick release," said Devoe. "These coatings are certainly not greener or healthier than the
leading nonstick coated cookware products on the market today."

Contrary to misinformation available on the internet, Teflon nonstick coatings have been affirmed
safe for use by regulatory agencies around the world. These coatings are made without using
perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Teflon nonstick coatings remain the gold standard for nonstick cookware and consumers around the
world continue to turn to the No. 1 brand of nonstick coatings for great homemade meals. According
to consumer research
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 conducted in 2012, more than two-thirds of consumers use nonstick pots and pans most frequently,
and nearly three-fourths of consumers agree that the best quality nonstick coating carries the
Teflon brand. For more information, please visit http://www.teflon.com/outlasts
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.

The DuPont Teflon brand has its origins in the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) by
DuPont chemist Roy Plunkett 75 years ago. In 1945, just seven years after this innovation, DuPont
selected and registered the Teflon brand as a trademark. Teflon nonstick coating systems were
first commercialized for cookware more than 50 years ago in the United States and have been used
to enhance performance in paints, fabrics, carpets, home furnishings, clothing and so much more.
For more information, please visit http://www.teflon.com
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DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace
in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that
by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions
to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing
dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information
about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com
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