DuPont has decided to invest more than $80 million to construct a new manufacturing facility to produce compounded high-end engineering plastics and adhesives in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province in East China. The new facility will serve customers in transportation, electronics, industrial and consumer products markets. The new plant is scheduled to be in operations in 2020 with expansion through 2023.
DuPont leaders and Zhangjiagang government officials signed an agreement at a ceremony in Shanghai at the China International Import Expo (CIIE).
The production facility, located at the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park, will include new production lines for automotive adhesives, and will have provision to produce additional specialty products in the future, making it the first multi-business manufacturing facility in China for the new DuPont.
Investment in new compounding lines will mainly concentrate on production of DuPont Zytel nylon engineering plastics, Delrin acetal resins, Hytrel thermoplastic polyesters, and Multibase thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), lubricants and specialty silicone materials.
Randy Stone, President of DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers, said, “This investment reinforces our commitment to China and the Asian market where we see strong growth potential across our businesses. Our new manufacturing facility will position us well to support anticipated growth in the automotive sector due to strong customer demand for our advanced polymers and solutions from end users such as electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers. This investment, in cooperation with the Zhangjiagang government, will enable us to continue to deliver innovative solutions that serve high-growth end uses in a cost-effective, responsive way, and strengthen our leadership position in these key application spaces globally.”
DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP)T&AP has manufacturing operations and R&D facilities in a large number of countries in the globe.