DuPont commits to polymers expansion

DuPont Engineering Polymers (DEP) (Wilmington, Delaware, USA) has revealed a broad range of development projects for the near future at the K 2007 fair in Prague. Overall, the company intends to maintain the investment rate it has pursued since 2004 with a commitment of a further USD 200 million over the next three years, said sales and marketing Tin McCann. He said that the bulk of the investment would be committed to polymer capacity increases, flowing from the company’s new technical centres in Shanghai (China) and Japan. The company has a new Zytel HTN product line planned for Singapore to complement the US operation and Europe would be the likely location for a third line in due course. DEP will continue to invest in Europe, including the new USD 1 million extrusion line for engineering polymers which has just opened at the Meyrin technical centre in Geneva, Switzerland. This unit has the capacity to extrude both corrugated and multi-layer types of product. Technology Director, Nandan Rao, said that in 2008 there are plans to cooperate with the US government and other partners to build a cellulosic waste bio refinery.
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