DuPont, Wilmington, Del., and Unifi, Greensboro, N.C., have begun operating their manufacturing
alliance in the United States, which integrates their partially oriented yarn (POY) manufacturing
facilities.The alliance involves production only and has a combined capacity of 800 million pounds.
Production will be realigned among DuPonts Dacron® polyester filament plants in Wilmington, N.C.,
and Kinston, N.C., and Unifis POY plant in Yadkinville, N.C.This alliance will benefit our
customers because it enables us to produce higher-quality products and develop more specialty and
tailored products, said Harry Parker, vice president and general manager, DuPont Dacron filament.
At the same time, we will significantly improve our competitive cost position as this alliance is
fully implemented.DuPonts Dacron POY business and Unifis textured yarn business will continue to
operate separately.Being at the beginning of the supply chain, fiber and yarn innovation plays a
critical role in creating end-use excitement and newness among consumers, said Brian Parke, Unifis
president and CEO. This alliance allows us to focus on product innovation and increase the
speed-to-market of new products.