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DuPont Begins Production At $500 Million Kevlar Facility

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont has begun production at its new Cooper River Kevlar® facility near Charleston, S.C. DuPont first announced the investment back in January 2008 (See " DuPont To Build Kevlar® Fiber Facility In South Carolina," www. TextileWorld.com, January 8, 2008). Product from the plant will be commercially available by the end of the year, according to the company. The $500 million plant initially increases DuPont's Kevlar production by 25 percent and represents the largest single investment in Kevlar since the fiber was introduced 46 years ago. Planned improvements and technology upgrades may increase overall production by some 40 percent over the coming two years.

"As the 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. "After more than 40 years, the proven performance of Kevlar continues to create significant new opportunities where the combination of lightweight strength and other unique properties enable new designs, increase reliability and save more lives. This significant boost in capacity and capability demonstrates DuPont's continuing commitment to support our customers and to find solutions that help protect more people around the world."

The new facility employs 135 people and will focus on manufacturing DuPont™ Kevlar AP, DuPont Kevlar KM2 Plus and DuPont Kevlar XP™ products. Suitable end-uses for these products include personal protective equipment such as ballistics protection, fiber optic cables and tires; as well as applications in the aerospace, oil and gas, and automotive industries.

October 11, 2011