Richmond, Va.-based DuPont Protection Technologies, a business unit of Wilmington, Del.-based
DuPont, has announced it will increase production capacity of specialty colored DuPont™ Kevlar®
yarn at its Richmond plant.
The company reports it has seen increasing customer demand for the colored para-aramid yarns,
which it offers in black, red, orange, green and blue in addition to its natural yellow color.
Colored Kevlar yarns are used in industrial applications including cut- and heat-resistant gloves,
military apparel, firefighter turnout gear and flame-resistant industrial and racing apparel, as
well as in consumer applications such as kayaks and Motorola smartphones.
The investment comes on the heels of DuPont’s $500-million investment to build its Cooper
River Kevlar production facility near Charleston, S.C., which opened in the fall of 2011 (see ”
Begins Production At $500 Million Kevlar Facility,”
TextileWorld.com, October 11, 2011). In addition to the Richmond and
Charleston plants, DuPont has Kevlar production sites in Northern Ireland and at its joint venture
DuPont-Toray Co. in Japan.
“DuPont is committed to fostering inclusive innovation to address a number of challenges on a
global scale,” said Marc Doyle, president, DuPont Protection Technologies. “Our continued
investment in Kevlar enables us to take on new challenges, as we continuously innovate and
collaborate with our customers to make the world a safer place.”
The additional DuPont Kevlar capacity at the Richmond plant is expected to be available in
June 25, 2013