DuPont boosts capacity despite cutting 3500 jobs

By Frank Esposit Plastics News Staff

Wilmington, Delaware-2004 is shaping up to be an odd year for DuPont Co. The Wilmington-based plastics and chemicals giant recently announced several capacity and technology advances, even as it works to cut 3500 jobs by the end of the year.

Capacity increases are on tap for the firm’s Kevlar-brand aramid fibers, as well as for its engineering resin compounding capacity in China and Argentina.

The Kevlar move is the fourth capacity expansion for that product since 2000. Global Kevlar demand “has…

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