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Manufacturer: Dupont Corian
Start year: 1802
End year: 0
DuPont was established in 1802 by Eleuthere Irenee Du Pont. Eleuthere Irenee Du Pont ran away from the French revolution and few years later, he founded DuPont in the US by the money he brought from gunpowder machinery from France. By 1811, DuPont was the largest supplier of gunpowder for US military and positioned itself as being the largest supplier of gunpowder during the U.S. Civil War. From 1902 to 1912 DuPont expanded quickly into production of smokeless powder and dynamite. During WW1, 40% of explosive used by the world powers was supplied by DuPont. DuPont also purchased smaller chemical companies but in 1902 the government took DuPont to court and declared that it was a monopoly that DuPont was dominating the explosive business. Based on the court ruling DuPont had to create both Atlas Powder Company and Hercules Powder Company. DuPont also founded the first two industrial laboratories and improved its military Rifle. In 1914, DuPont invested and got largely involved in automobile industry. From 1920 to 1935 DuPont discovered the first synthetic rubber, nylon, Teflon and polyester. During WW2, from 1941 to 1945, DuPont became the largest producer of war supplies. DuPont also played an important role in Manhattan Project and production of the first atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. During the same war, DuPont produced 4.5 billion pounds of explosive for the military use and as a matter of fact, the horrors of war made DuPont a huge profit. From 1950s to 1970s DuPont came up with developing new raw materials like Dacron, Mylar, Lycra, Corfarm and Corian. In 1981, DuPont got into a bidding war with Seagram Company (who owned some shares in Conoco) to purchase Conoco, Inc. Conoco, Inc was a major American oil & gas producer and acquisition of Conoco made DuPont one of the top ten US producers of oil and gas. By 1999, DuPont sold its shares to Philips Petroleum Company. In 1999, DuPont became the largest seed company and producer of hybrid seeds used in production of genetically modified corn and soy. DuPont is among the top four biotech companies that produce 100% of genetically modified seeds and 60% of world pesticides. The other three biotech companies are Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer. These top biotech companies are also the largest producers of pesticides in the world. The farmers get subsidy to produce soybeans and corn from the government. Designers involved: Setzu & Shinobu Ito



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