DuPont starts up $500 million kevlar facility in South Carolina

DuPont starts up $500 million kevlar facility in South Carolina

3:06 AM, 7th October 2011
DuPont starts up $500 million kevlar facility in South Carolina
Thomas G Powell, President, DuPont Protection Technologies.

WILMINGTON, US: DuPont has started its $500 million Cooper river kevlar facility near Charleston in US, which is expected to result in an initial 25 per cent increase of overall global production capacity for kevlar. Ultimately, a 40 per cent increase is expected after continued technology developments over the next two years.

The plant uses technology that will allow DuPont to meet increased customer demand for advanced protective materials in emerging industries globally by expanding its portfolio of science-based innovations and boosting productivity. Commercial supply will begin by the end of the year.

“As the global population grows, there will be even more critical need for protection materials to keep people safe and to protect the environment, structures and critical processes,” said Thomas G Powell, President, DuPont Protection Technologies.

Along with a recent $50 million expansion at DuPont’s Spruance plant in Richmond, Cooper river represents the largest single investment in kevlar and the largest capacity increase since the fibre was introduced in 1965.

The Cooper river kevlar plant will initially produce innovations that support three primary technology platforms: DuPont Kevlar - AP, KM2 Plus and XP for growing applications in ballistics, other personal protective equipment, aerospace, tires, fibre optic cables, oil and gas and automotive.

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