DuPont to build new speciality materials manufacturing facility in East China
DuPont is investing more than $80-mn to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province in East China. The facility will produce compounded highend engineering plastics and adhesives to serve customers in transportation, electronics, industrial and consumer products markets. The planned site is expected to become operational in 2020 with expansion through 2023.
DuPont officials and Zhangjiagang government officials signed the deal at a ceremony in Shanghai at the China International Import Expo (CIIE).
The facility, to be built at the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park, will support growing demand for DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP) business’ specialised materials. Investment in new compounding lines will be focused primarily on DuPont’s Zytel nylon engineering plastics, Delrin acetal resins, Hytrel thermoplastic polyesters, and Multibase thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), lubricants and speciality silicone materials.
The site plans to include new production lines for automotive adhesives, and intends to manufacture additional speciality products in the future, enabling it to be the first multi-business manufacturing facility in China for the new DuPont. After the three-way split of DowDuPont in 2019, DuPont is set to become a standalone speciality company focused on markets like transportation, electronics and nutrition.
“This investment reinforces our commitment to China and the Asian market where we see strong growth potential across our businesses. Our new manufacturing facility will position us well to support anticipated growth in the automotive sector due to strong customer demand for our advanced polymers and solutions from end users such as electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers,” commented Mr. Randy Stone, President of DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers.
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