Goodyear sees shortage of Aramid

Decatur, Alabama–According to a local news report, Goodyear’s fabric preparation plant in Decatur is suffering shortages of aramid fibre. The plant prepares fabric for use in tyres, including spinning, weaving and dipping. The plant uses polyester, rayon, nylon and aramid (described throughout the report as “Kevlar”, a DuPont trademark).

The report notes that Goodyear pays around $1 per pound for polyester and $12/pound for aramid fibre. The Decatur plant operates three shifts, producing 245 000 pounds (111 tonnes) of fabric per day. It employs 450 hourly-paid…

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