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Wilmington, Delaware -- DuPont has announced the start up of its $500 million Kevlar facility near Charleston, South Carolina. It will produce commercial quantities by the end of the year.
Overall global production capacity for Kevlar will increase initially by 25 percent and is expected to grow by 40 percent, with planned productivity improvements and continued technology developments over the next two years.
DuPont also manufactures Kevlar in Richmond, Virginia.; Maydown, Northern Ireland and at a DuPont joint venture, DuPont-Toray Company in Tokai, Japan. The new South Carolina plant expansion has created 135 jobs and was built over a period of three years using a construction workforce of up to 800.
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Press release from DuPont