DuPont's managed to work its way into just about every home and place of business here in the US of A, but despite this nationwide proliferation, we haven't seen the Delaware-based chemicals giant making waves in the consumer electronics space. But with home wraps, plastics and body armor on lockdown, it's as good a time as any to venture into CE. Through a partnership with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), the company will soon begin embedding Powermat's wireless charging tech within its Corian solid surface, a synthetic granite alternative often used for countertops and installed everywhere from kitchens and meeting rooms to hospitals and research labs. As a notable first step, DuPont has joined the PMA, and could soon be playing a key role in charging up your gadgets on the go. We've seen Powermat demo its own tabletop charging concept at CES, but with DuPont now on board, it shouldn't be long before we begin to see seamless Corian installations pop up in public spaces, and perhaps even some homes.
DuPont Building Innovations joins the Power Matters Alliance
DuPont Building Innovations to champion embedding wireless charging solutions
for smartphones and tablets into DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces used in furnishings for the home and public spaces
Elegant, functional and versatile, DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is used in a wide variety of interior design and architectural applications. The image shows a selection of colours from the current collection of DuPont™ Corian® for Europe Middle East and Africa (Photo Leo Torri for DuPont™ Corian®, all rights reserved).
June 27, 2013 - DuPont Building Innovations has joined the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and is working with other PMA members on wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets that can be effectively integrated into worktops made with DuPont™ Corian® solid surface.
"The next phase in wireless power is seeing it embedded into surfaces used for furnishing solutions," said Ron Resnick, President of PMA. "DuPont has been driving innovation for
decades in the area of advanced materials. DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is a globally renowned premium solution in the markets of furnishing and interior design, both commercial and residential. The collaboration between PMA and DuPont Building Innovations marks another step forward in the PMA's vision to make smart wireless power a ubiquitous part of our lives." PMA was founded by Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble in 2012 and its board also includes representatives of AT&T, Duracell, Starbucks and the U.S. Government's Energy Star (non-voting).
"We are excited to join the PMA and demonstrate once again the endless evolution capabilities of DuPont™ Corian® solid surface for creating the furnishing solutions of tomorrow," said Ruslan Yusupov, global marketing director of DuPont Building Innovations. "We have been exploring the right technologies and partners for integrating wireless power into specific applications of DuPont™ Corian®, and we have found both in the PMA. We recognize that wireless power is fundamental for the further development of our mobile society, and we look forward to combining it with the design versatility and beauty of DuPont™ Corian® solid surface. For decades, surfaces made with DuPont™ Corian® have brought superior functionality and style into homes and public spaces. Now we aim to bring this level of performance to new heights, while meeting the emerging needs of industries and consumers to remain powered up throughout the day." About the Power Matters Alliance (www.powermatters.org) PMA was founded by Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble in 2012. A wide array of PMA-compliant products are available at leading retailers, and compatible "wireless charging spots" have been installed at leading airports, stadiums, restaurants, gyms and hair salons. Membership of the PMA is open to all, and its technical specifications are available to all members at www.powermatters.org.
About DuPont™ Corian® (www.corian.com, www.facebook.com/CorianDesign)
The continuous efforts, the investment and the creativity of DuPont in research and technology, product innovation, new applications development and marketing have made DuPont™ Corian® solid surface a design tool offering exceptional versatility and almost limitless possibilities for producing high-quality, effective, functional and reliable solutions addressed to residential, public and commercial environments, both indoor and outdoor.
From kitchens to lamps, from bathrooms to the exterior cladding of buildings, from seating solutions to home automation systems, from radiators to touch control surfaces, from tables to furnishing and fashion accessories, to mention just a few: the "magic" of DuPont™ Corian® can be found today in an extremely wide variety of products, systems and objects that everyone uses or experiences in daily life. And the list keeps on growing.
DuPont™ Corian® solid surface (the whole range or specific colors) has received important independent certifications (like UL Environment GreenGuard Certification, Home Innovation Research Labs/NBGS Green Certified Product, Scientific Certification Systems, Ecospecifier). Its performance also has been certified by prestigious independent institutions (for example, by NSF International for food contact, The Royal Institute of Public Health and LGA QualiTest for hygienic performance).
The DuPont manufacturing facilities that produce DuPont™ Corian® solid surface have been certified according to ISO 14001. As a result of a multi-year improvement program, all of these facilities have achieved zero landfill status by reducing, reusing and recycling manufacturing by-products and waste.