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DuPont Opens $130 Million Innovative Fabric Facility

27 August 2004

DuPont has opened a new $130 million facility in Tennessee to produce innovative non-woven fabrics born from an advanced composite technology.

DuPont's proprietary Advanced Composite Technology (ACT) blends the properties of two different raw materials to create non-woven fabrics that meet specific needs. More than 20 new patents have been developed for this technology.

The ACT's initial product is DuPont Suprel, which is claimed to be a highly protective and comfortable fabric used for hospital operating gowns and patient drapes. Suprel is regarded to be the only medical fabric available that is made of polyester – for strength – and polyethylene – for silk-like softness.

DuPont said that Suprel - made from continuous filament fibres with low linting - has less surface friction than other medical fabric products, allowing for greater comfort and freedom of movement. It also transfers heat away from the body quickly, adding to comfort in the operating environment.

Using a market-focused approach as part of its research and development, DuPont researchers have developed Suprel by working closely with operating room nurses who participated in comfort studies conducted at North Carolina State University.

""The composite fabric technology will allow us to create an array of fabrics in direct response to the evolving needs of the medical industry,"" said DuPont Nonwovens Global Business Director David Flitman. ""Suprel is the first in a line of innovative products from DuPont that will raise the bar for standards of protection and comfort in medical fabrics.""

The ACT facility is located at DuPont's Old Hickory manufacturing complex, near Nashville. A number of Tennessee public officials joined DuPont employees and leaders in this weeks opening.

""This newest investment of 110 jobs and $130 million in cutting-edge technology at Old Hickory continues DuPont's commitment to Tennessee,"" said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber. ""Gov. (Phil) Bredesen and I are proud to see manufacturing investments like this in our state, producing high-quality products that are exported to customers around the world.""