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DuPont enlarges Kinston manufacturing facility

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Sep '18
Courtesy: DuPont
Courtesy: DuPont
DuPont Industrial Biosciences has expanded its Kinston, North Carolina, manufacturing facility that produces bio-based, high-performance DuPont Sorona polymer. This increases the facility’s capacity to produce Sorona polymer by 25 per cent, reflecting growing demand for Sorona polymer in the carpet and apparel markets and a global focus on circular economy.

“This expansion is a direct result of the significant growth in global demand for Sorona polymer and a testament to DuPont’s commitment to manufacturing innovative products in North Carolina,” said Michael Saltzberg, global business director of DuPont Biomaterials. “We are grateful for the support from partners that made this project possible including: Lenoir County Economic Development, North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, Duke Energy Corporation, North Carolina Department of Commerce and North Carolina Department of Transportation.”

DuPont Sorona polymer is made from 37 per cent renewable plant-based ingredients and has many versatile applications. As compared to similar materials, like nylon 6, Sorona polymer uses 30 per cent less energy and releases 63 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Sorona polymer combines eco-efficiency with function, as its high-performance qualities can be used in a variety of applications. Fibres made with Sorona polymer exhibit exceptional softness, inherent stain resistance and uncompromising durability, offering a sustainable, high-performing material option for customers throughout the supply chain.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences employs more than 90 workers in Kinston through the manufacturing of Sorona polymer. With the startup of the line, four additional employees also are being recruited.

“We are thrilled at the continued success of both the outstanding team at the Kinston facility, as well as all of our team members and partners that have helped to drive the success of a high-performance, sustainable polymer in the marketplace,” said René Molina, global product manager for DuPont Biomaterials. (SV)

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