DuPont is a world wide leader for titanium dioxide, and its production has the biggest share at the company output.
We produce a quarter of world titanium dioxide volume. Our target is to utilize the company
s capacities and extended knowledge to assist our clients in their attainig for success.
DTT helps its customers not only by selling high quality product, and also consulting the clients on the product application.

The DeLisle facility is the second-largest titanium dioxide maker in the country.

June 14, 2007 DuPont

DuPont Breaks Ground for New Titanium Tetrachloride Unit in Tennessee
$30 Million Investment for High Purity Chemical

Construction has begun on a new 100 million pound per year titanium tetrachloride production facility at the DuPont titanium dioxide plant in New Johnsonville, Tenn. Plans for the new $30 million facility were announced last October. The unit is expected to begin operations in the summer of 2008.

Unique titanium dioxide manufacturing technology allows DuPont to increase titanium tetrachloride production without affecting the company
s capacity to produce titanium dioxide at New Johnsonville. DuPont is the worlds largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide, a white pigment widely used in the coatings, plastics and paper industries.

The groundbreaking for this project represents a significant step toward the globalization of our titanium tetrachloride business,said Global Business Manager Steve Thomas. It also represents another strategic success for our Business Extensions group which creates new ventures within DuPont Titanium Technologies .The Business Extensions group was also responsible for last years launch of a new process for making parts from titanium metal powder.

Titanium tetrachloride is an intermediate chemical produced during the early steps of the chloride process for manufacturing titanium dioxide. In addition to its use in titanium metal manufacturing, it is essential to the production of certain plastics as well as films used in shopping bags and a broad spectrum of consumer products. The chemical also has specialized applications in pearlescent and metallic pigments used in products ranging from cars and cosmetics to bicycle helmets. Titanium metal increasingly is being used in everything from airplanes to sporting goods and chemical processing equipment.

DuPont Titanium Technologies serves customers globally in the coatings, paper and plastics industries. The company operates plants at DeLisle, Miss.; New Johnsonville, Tenn.; Edge Moor, Del.; 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 and a mine in Starke, Fla. 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, U.S., Asian and Latin America markets.

DuPont is a science-based products and services 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 and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.
四塩化チタン 酸化チタンを生成するのに使われる。

Sierra Club Chronicles
Episode 3: Dioxin, Duplicity & Dupont

Sierra Club Chronicles is seven David vs. Goliath stories: the dramatic efforts of committed individuals across the country working to protect the health of their environment and communities, hosted by Daryl Hannah.

Produced by Brave New Films in association with Sierra Club Productions.
Watch the full 30-minute episode here, or scroll down for more information about the film, clips, and more.

The DuPont plant in DeLisle, Mississippi has been releasing large amounts of dioxin and heavy metals for nearly 20 years. This film explores health problems being experienced by residents and former workers, and evidence that oysters in the area exported for sale around the U.S. have been contaminated by DuPont's poisonous discharges. About 2,000 people have filed lawsuits against DuPont alleging pollution from this facility has harmed their health.

Delisle, Mississippi: For nearly 20 years, the DuPont plant in DeLisle, Mississippi, has released high levels of toxic dioxin and other heavy metals into the air and water. Despite alarming illnesses and cancer clusters surrounding the plant, DuPont has maintained that it upholds a strong public safety record.

"It didn't take a doctor or scientist to figure out - hey, us guys are all working here - there's got to be something here. In two generations the only thing that has changed is the [DuPont] chemical plant built down there - it's not hard to make a connection if you live here and watch it going on and see it," questions Greg Cuevas, a former employee of the Dupont plant in DeLisle, who lost his own kidneys due to the dioxins. Myra Marsh, a Delisle resident, now wonders if in her eagerness to work for the new plant it ended up costing her the use of her legs and put her in a wheelchair for life.

After four years of interviews and tireless researching of the environmental abuses of DuPont the first in a massive lawsuit against DuPont brought by over 2,000 people who worked in, or lived by, the plant is followed in the episode.

With unprecedented access to this Southern court room, we follow the lives of the people who have been directly affected by the pollution as they tell about living with DuPont for years, cope with terminal illnesses suffered by themselves and family members, and as they prepare and then testify - some of them with only months to live.

June 13, 2007 The Associated Press

DuPont Co. asks judge to throw out dioxin lawsuits

The DuPont Co. has asked a Jones County judge to dismiss more of the remaining 1,951 cases alleging toxic exposure to the release of titanium dioxide
二酸化チタン from its DeLisle plant on the Gulf Coast.

Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum has not ruled on the request.

This past week, a Jones County jury rejected a couple
s claim that dioxins from the DeLisle plant were responsible for the death of their daughter.

The DeLisle facility is the second-largest titanium dioxide maker in the country. Titanium dioxide is a white pigment used in paint, plastics, toothpaste and other products.

The case was the second of the lawsuits to make it to trial.

In 2005, a Jones County jury awarded Bay St. Louis oysterman Glen Strong $14 million in damages after concluding dioxins from the DeLisle plant did cause his rare blood cancer. Strong
s wife, Connie, received $1.5 million for loss of love and companionship.

DuPont has appealed the Strong verdict to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

In its motion to dismiss, which gives only one side of the legal argument, DuPont claims none of the plaintiffs have alleged to have a specific injury.

Instead, the plaintiffs only fear a
potentialinjury in the future caused by chemicals released over the years from the DeLisle facility, DuPont said.

Mere exposure to a potentially harmful substance is not an injury,DuPont attorneys wrote in court documents. All plaintiffs who have not stated any other claim against DuPont should have their claims dismissed.

DuPont lawyers said their position is supported by a decision in a 2004 lawsuit filed against the Boeing Company and Brush Engineered Materials, in which former employees alleged they were exposed to products containing beryllium while working at Boeings facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

The plaintiffs in that lawsuit did not allege any physical injury but sued to have future medical examinations paid for by the defendants through a medical monitoring fund.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that state law does not recognize a cause of action for medical monitoring. The justices said the
possibility of a future injury is insufficient to maintain a tort claim,according to court papers filed by DuPont.

Jury Finds DuPont Dioxins Not Liable for Child's Death
June 12, 2007 AP

A Jones County, Mississippi jury has rejected a couple's claim that dioxins from the DuPont Co.'s plant on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were responsible for the death of their daughter.

The jury verdict came in a lawsuit filed by Kerman and Naomi Ladner of DeLisle, whose 8-year-old daughter, Haley, died in July 2000 of liver cancer. She also had heart problems, and, according to lawsuit, the Ladners claimed both conditions were caused by dioxins released from DuPont's DeLisle plant.

The Ladners, who lived near the plant, had sought punitive damages of up to $30 million.

The DeLisle facility is the second-largest titanium dioxide maker in the country. Titanium dioxide is a white pigment used in paint, plastics, toothpaste and other products.

DuPont officials had said science doesn't support the Ladners' claims.

"We understand the Ladners have been through so much and we knew this would be an emotional trial,'' said Mary Kate Campbell, a legal spokeswoman for DuPont. "But we're glad the jurors were able to look past emotion and come to a conclusion based on the evidence.''

The case was the second of nearly 2,000 similar lawsuits to make it to trial.

In 2005, a Jones County jury awarded Bay St. Louis oysterman Glen Strong $14 million in damages after concluding dioxins from the DeLisle plant did cause his rare blood cancer. Strong's wife, Connie, received $1.5 million for loss of "love and companionship.''

DuPont lawyers have appealed the Strong verdict to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

During Strong's trial, DuPont called no expert witnesses in its defense. Hours before the trial began, the Supreme Court declined to hear the chemical giant's appeal of a lower-court ruling that excluded nine DuPont witnesses from testifying.

In the Ladner trial, DuPont called several witnesses to rebut claims made by the plaintiffs.

The Jones County jury found that DuPont "negligently released dioxins and arsenic from the DeLisle facility'' but did not link the release to the death of the Ladners' daughter.

"We feel like it's a good day for science because we were able to call experts who were some of the best in their fields,'' said Deborah Kuchler, DuPont's lead trial lawyer. "We feel like (the expert testimony) was very persuasive to the jury's conclusion that there was no connection between DuPont's operation and Haley Ladner's illness.''

Plaintiff attorney Al Stewart, who led the Ladners' legal team, was disappointed the jury could not find a connection between the released dioxins and the liver cancer that killed Haley.

"Another jury in Mississippi has found DuPont negligently releases dioxins and arsenic from its DeLisle facility,'' he said. "While we are saddened by the jury's remaining verdict, we feel vindicated by the undisputed fact that two separate juries have weighed in on DuPont's conduct and found DuPont has failed to act responsibly.''

Oct. 18, 2007 AP

Miss. Supreme Court overturns $14 M award against DuPont, orders new trial

The Mississippi Supreme Court, citing cumulative errors, overturned Thursday a $15.5 million judgment against DuPont and ordered a new trial in a lawsuit brought by an oyster fisherman who claimed chemicals from a dioxin plant caused his rare blood cancer.

A Jones County jury in 2005 found DuPont DeLisle at fault for causing Glen Strong's multiple myeloma. Besides the $14 million in compensatory damages to the Bay St. Louis man, the jury awarded Strong's wife, Connie, $1.5 million for loss of "love and companionship."

No punitive damages were awarded.

DuPont DeLisle is located about five miles from Strong's home. The DeLisle plant makes titanium dioxide, a white pigment used in paint, plastics, toothpaste and other products.

DuPont called no witnesses in its defense, relying on testimony of Strong's doctors, who testified there is no way to determine the root of multiple myeloma.

Strong's lawyers claimed dioxins - chemicals that that can be hazardous even in small amounts - entered Strong's body through the air and by eating oysters harvested from St. Louis Bay. Strong told jurors he ate oysters about four times a week.

The Supreme Court sided with DuPont on several issues the company raised on appeal.

The court said the trial judge erred on allowing into evidence statements from Strong's two treating physicians several days after the trial already had started.

The court said it agreed with DuPont that the affidavits altered the testimony doctors had given in depositions before trial. Both sets of documents were admitted into evidence.

According to the court record, the doctors said in their depositions that there are no known causes of multiple myeloma. In the affidavits, the doctors altered their testimony to state that they were not experts in the causation of Strong's multiple myeloma, had no opinion as to the cause of multiple myeloma and specialized only in the treatment of multiple myeloma.

"The affidavits ... clearly were not furnished to DuPont sufficiently in advance of the trial to provide DuPont with a fair opportunity to prepare to meet the affidavits. Nor did they (the Strongs) afford DuPont notice of their intention to offer the statement and the particulars of the affidavits," Justice Chuck Easley wrote in the 6-2 majority opinion of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court also upheld DuPont's challenges to testimony that the court said was irrelevant to the case.

Presiding Justice Oliver Diaz Jr., in a dissent, said there was substantial evidence to support the verdict for the Strongs.

Diaz said the majority of the court was ignoring that DuPont knowingly deposited tons of toxic material into the waters of St. Louis Bay for years, was cited by the government for its dioxin emissions and was aware of the risks to humans exposed to dioxins.

Diaz said he believed the affidavits from the doctors were no different from their depositions.

"The doctors' statements that they did not know the cause of Strong's cancer could only help DuPont's defense," Diaz said.