DuPont announces plans to increase packaging & industrial polymers capacity
Move reflects growing demand for advanced materials
As a leading supplier of high-performance materials to the packaging, automotive, industrial and consumer industries, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (dupont.com) announces its intent to continue to increase production capacity of its ethylene copolymers assets at its Texas manufacturing facilities to meet growing market demand.
Plans include a series of investments totaling more than $100 million to be completed over the next three to four years. More than one-third of the investment is expected to be installed by the end of 2015. The balance of the investment is expected to be completed over the following three years.
Specifically, this investment will support growth in DuPont specialty resins including: DuPont™ Surlyn® ionomer resin, DuPont™ Nucrel ® ethylene acid copolymer resin, DuPont™ Elvaloy® ethylene copolymer resins, DuPont™ Vamac® ethylene acrylic elastomers, and special grades of DuPont™ Elvax® EVA copolymers.
“Market demand for these products is growing. Our differentiated and high-value products are being used in a diverse range of growth markets. This includes packaging that helps reduce food waste and offers consumer convenience, and materials to enable more efficient vehicles, new roads that stand up to tough environments, more durable roofing solutions, and higher-performing architectural glass solutions,” says William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “Our customers count on DuPont strengths in application development and new product development to innovate their product offerings. We are pleased to add new capacity of our high-performance polymers to support growth for our customers.”
DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers is a world-class manufacturer of high-performance resins for a variety of packaging and industrial applications. Its best-known ethylene copolymer products include DuPont™ Surlyn® resins for packaging and industrial applications, Appeel® lidding sealant resins, Bynel® coextrudable adhesives, Selar® PA amorphous polyamide barrier resins, Nucrel® acid copolymers, Elvax® EVA copolymers, Elvaloy®, Elvaloy® AC, Fusabond® modifiers, and Vamac® ethylene acrylic elastomers.