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DuPont Announces Kevlar Expansion Plans

DuPont, Wilmington, Del., recently completed the first phase of expansion projects to increase global production of Kevlar® by 15 percent. DuPont has announced plans for further investment and will expand its Kevlar® para-aramid fiber-production facility in Richmond, Va. Total investment is estimated to be approximately $50 million.A new production line based on proprietary DuPont fiber technology will be built at the site, increasing production capacity for Kevlar by the end of 2002.The Kevlar high-performance fiber market is seeing incredible growth as demand from our core customers continues to increase and new product applications are developed, said Diane Gulyas, vice president and general manager, DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems.DuPont is committed to the Kevlar business as a key contributor to our sustainable growth mission, so we are taking every action we can to meet the evolving need of our customers, Gulyas added.


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