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Dupont have voiced plans to expand production of Kevlar at a factory in Northern Ireland to accommodate increased demand for the fibre.
DuPont said it will invest $70 million to expand the Kevlar line at its Maydown, Northern Ireland plant, increasing global production capacity by 10 percent.
“”Global demand for DuPont Kevlar has soared with the need for safety and security worldwide,”” said William J. Harvey, vice president and general manager of DuPont’s Advanced Fibre Systems, the business unit that makes Kevlar, best known for its use in body armour.
The investment which has been planned since 2000 and due for completion in 2006 could create a further 40 jobs and is designed to meet the increase in demand, fuelled by the increase in Kevlar use for body armour for the US military.
In outlining the new investment, Ian Hudson, DuPont’s Advanced Fibre Systems European Director, said: “Global demand for DuPont Kevlar has soared with the need for safety and security worldwide, In addition, new applications are being developed that harness the lightweight strength of Kevlar fibre to enhance protection and performance.
“This capacity expansion is a critical step in growing the Kevlar business, maintaining DuPont leadership in the performance fibres market, and delivering the innovative new products customers expect from DuPont.”
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