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DuPont Continues Global Expansion of Its Modified Polymer Capacity

Published on 2002-11-28. Author : SpecialChem


As the next step in its expansion program for manufacturing specialized modified polymers, DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers (P&IP) plans to install new extrusion capacity at its Shenzhen, China site in 2003.

The expansion project at Shenzhen will include extrusion, feed handling and process controls for functional grafting and other post- polymerization enhancement of DuPont™ Fusabond®, Bynel® and Appeel® resins. These specialized resins are used for a variety of applications such as packaging, pipe coating, polymer modification, and in construction markets that are highly valued by customers due to their unique benefits.

"This investment will expand our modified polymer capacity and increase our market presence in China to help meet our growing demands in Asia. With this improved capability, we expect to accelerate new resin development for the local markets as well as better serve our key markets globally," said Craig Binetti, president of DuPont P&IP. "We are committed to providing industry leadership in innovation, product design, and application development by continuing to invest globally in our business," he said.

The first phase of the project is expected to begin in early 2003 with full manufacturing capability online for Fusabond®, Bynel® and Appeel® resins by year-end 2003. This expansion project is part of DuPont P&IP's overall growth strategy for China. It will contribute to a stronger market presence and meet the requirements of supply for the ever-expanding growth in the Asia Pacific region.

End-uses for DuPont™ Bynel® include multi-layer flexible packaging applications, requiring inter polymer adhesion between materials in a multi-layer structure. DuPont P&IP manufactures a range of Bynel® resins which address various inter-material adhesion challenges.

Use for DuPont™ Fusabond® polymers include strengthening of mixed polymer streams, such as recycled plastics; multi-layer- coating systems to corrosion-protect oil and gas pipelines; and interlayer adhesion in building and construction panels.

Designed to be a heat-seal layer in flexible lidding and label structures, DuPont™ Appeel® lidding sealants can provide peelable seals to CPET, APET, PP, Polystyrene, PVC and PE containers. Appeel® offers controllable heat-seal strength; peels easily and cleanly; and seals to a wide variety of lidding substrates.

Packaging & Industrial Polymers business is part of the DuPont Performance Materials platform with 2001 sales in excess of $4.6 billion. P&IP has manufacturing plants in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

During 2002, DuPont (NYSE: DD) is celebrating its 200th year of scientific achievement and innovation - providing products and services that improve the lives of people everywhere. Based in Wilmington, Del., DuPont delivers science-based solutions for markets that make a difference in people's lives in food and nutrition; health care; apparel; home and construction; electronics; and transportation. For more information visit: www.dupont.com.

DuPont™, Appeel®, Bynel® and Fusabond® are a trademark and registered trademarks of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company.

Source: DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers

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