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DuPont And Unifi Begin Polyester Manufacturing Alliance

DuPont, Wilmington, Del., and Unifi, Greensboro, N.C., have begun operating their manufacturing alliance in the United States, which integrates their partially oriented yarn (POY) manufacturing facilities.The alliance involves production only and has a combined capacity of 800 million pounds. Production will be realigned among DuPonts Dacron® polyester filament plants in Wilmington, N.C., and Kinston, N.C., and Unifis POY plant in Yadkinville, N.C.This alliance will benefit our customers because it enables us to produce higher-quality products and develop more specialty and tailored products, said Harry Parker, vice president and general manager, DuPont Dacron filament. At the same time, we will significantly improve our competitive cost position as this alliance is fully implemented.DuPonts Dacron POY business and Unifis textured yarn business will continue to operate separately.Being at the beginning of the supply chain, fiber and yarn innovation plays a critical role in creating end-use excitement and newness among consumers, said Brian Parke, Unifis president and CEO. This alliance allows us to focus on product innovation and increase the speed-to-market of new products.


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