DuPont and Viance Technology UltraPole™ NXT Wins Two Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

UltraPole™ NXT recognized as one of the top 100 innovations in 2020, achieving additional distinction with a Silver R&D 100 Special Category Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

WILMINGTON, Del, October 13, 2020 – The 2020 R&D 100 Awards have recognized a technology from DuPont Microbial Control and Viance with two prestigious honors, R&D World announced last week. UltraPole™ NXT – an advanced wood utility pole preservative that offers low-impact environmental benefits – was honored as one of the most promising innovations in 2020, drawing special distinction with a Silver R&D100 Special Category Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

The renowned R&D 100 Awards list, now in its 58th year, is the industry’s leading recognition for the global R&D community, spotlighting the top 100 technology advancements of the past year. This year’s competition received submissions from 19 countries or regions, judged by a panel of nearly 50 well-respected industry professionals across the globe.

The UltraPole™ NXT preservative – a collaboration between Viance and DuPont – is designed to protect utility poles, cross arms and transportation bridge timbers from decay, fungi and subterranean termites, capitalizing on both the physical strengths and sustainability of wood.

“We are honored that the R&D 100 Awards have recognized our game-changing UltraPole™ NXT and what it offers to electric utilities – a high-performance, durable pole with minimal environmental impact,” said John Hussa, President of Viance.

UltraPole™ NXT is a rigorously tested preservation system that offers municipalities and utilities an alternative to pentachlorophenol and other preservative systems currently in use. The treatment of utility poles and crossarms with UltraPole™ NXT preservative is listed in the 2020 American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) Book of Standards.

“We are particularly proud that R&D World selected our innovative technology for the Silver R&D100 Special Category Award for Corporate Social Responsibility,” said Chris Urheim, Global Microbial Control Leader, DuPont Nutrition and Biosciences. “Sustainability is a key tenet of our approach to business, and we are honored to provide communities across North America with a preservative that is not persistent in the environment.”

The active ingredient in UltraPole™ NXT preservative is one of the key components in Ecolife® treated decking and fencing, the leading non-metallic preservative currently on the market. This chemistry is also a component in marine antifouling paints and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award under the tradename Sea-Nine™.

About Viance, LLC

Viance, a leading provider of wood treatment preservatives, offers an extensive range of advanced wood treatment technologies and services to the global wood preservation industry. With expertise in wood biocides and wood protection chemicals, Viance technologies improve the performance and durability of wood products for sustainable building. Viance is a joint venture of DuPont™ and Venator™ Materials PLC.

About DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences
DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences applies expert science to advance market-driven, healthy and sustainable solutions for the food, beverage, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. We also use cutting-edge biotechnology across a range of markets to advance bio-based solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations. We are innovative solvers who help our customers turn challenges into high-value business opportunities. For more information: or

About DuPont

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