DuPont, Wilmington, Del., has begun production at its new Cooper River Kevlar® facility near
Charleston, S.C. The $500 million plant initially increases DuPont’s Kevlar production by 25
percent and represents the largest single investment in Kevlar since the fiber was introduced 46
years ago. Planned improvements and technology upgrades may increase overall production by some 40
percent over the coming two years.
The facility employs 135 people and will focus on manufacturing DuPont™ Kevlar AP, DuPont
Kevlar KM2 Plus and DuPont Kevlar XP™ products for end-uses including personal protective equipment
such as ballistics protection; fiber optic cables; tires; and applications in the aerospace, oil
and gas, and automotive industries.