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Old 01-25-2010   #1
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Hypalon Discontinued by DuPont

Sorry if this is a re-post... I did a search and didn't find anything.

Apparently DuPont is discontinuing production of Hypalon.

Is another manufacturer going to start making it? I know that it's trademarked by DuPont, but not sure when that runs out. Could mean some big changes in the rafting industry, eh?

Link to anouncement:

Update as 10/16/2009

Since the announcement on 5/7/2009 to exit from the Hypalon® business, DuPont Performance Elastomers has worked with its customers to assess their Hypalon® material needs to support them through the transition. As a result of this assessment, DPE has determined that the plant will most likely run through the first quarter 2010 in order to safely produce quality material to satisfy customer requests.

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Old 01-25-2010   #2
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Heard that a while ago, but never too bad to rehash it.=)

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Old 01-26-2010   #3
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My guess is that it won't really change much in the boating world as Pennel Orca Fabric from France seems to be a comparable material that's been used in the boat manufacturing world for quite a few years.

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Old 01-26-2010   #4
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There are lots of different Hypalon manufactures out there. As far as I know, there are no raft manufactures that use DuPont Hypalon. I believe every raft manufacturer uses Hypalon made overseas. This should have no effect on the rafting community.
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Old 01-26-2010   #5
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Yeah, this mainly effects the electrical wire insulation industry. I doubt anyone outside of Bill Gates could afford a DuPont Hypalon Hyside.
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Old 01-26-2010   #6
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That makes sense... I wasn't sure if DuPont had a monopoly on production or not.
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Old 01-26-2010   #7
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The patents on Hypalon's formulation have long run out. Much like the patents on Gore-Tex. The difference is that DuPont seems to have relented on the Hypalon trademark (or never had it) where as WL Gore still holds the Gore-Tex brand name. Lot's of hypalon will still be made for different industries and applications.

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