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Honeywell Expands Spectra Fiber Manufacturing

Honeywell ExpandsSpectra Fiber ManufacturingThe specialty materials business of Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., announced it is to expand manufacturing capacity of its Spectra® high-modulus polyethylene fiber. The need to increase capacity resulted from an increase in demand for Spectra fiber and Spectra Shield® composites.The expansion will be completed in two phases. Phase One, to be finished by the end of the third quarter 2002 and to cost approximately $20 million, includes the installation of a new gel-spinning line and additional drawing capacity at Honeywells Colonial Heights, Va., facility.Phase Two, still in the planning stages, involves the construction of a new, state-of-the-art plant. Locations in Europe, Asia and the United States are all being considered.January 2002