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DuPont Merges Three Businesses Under DuPont Protection Technologies Name

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont has merged three business units --Advanced Fiber Systems, Nonwovens and Personal Protection -- into one unit, doing business as DuPont Protection Technologies, based in Richmond, Va. Products and technologies offered include Tyvek® and Sontara® nonwovens, Kevlar® and Nomex® advanced fibers, and Tychem® protective apparel, among other offerings.

"We believe we will be able to quickly simplify internal processes, increase the speed of decision-making, and more fully leverage our large investments in research and development across market segments," said Thomas G. Powell, who is transitioning from vice president and general manager of DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems to lead DuPont Protection Technologies in the same capacity. "These changes will lead to more rapid innovation and improve our responsiveness to customers."

All existing production and research facilities of the previous separate businesses will continue to operate as before, Powell said. "These ... have long-standing leadership positions and represent applications and technologies that DuPont is counting on for future growth," he said. "We are committed to continuing to invest in capacity and innovation to meet the current and future needs of our customers."

July 14, 2009