DuPont completes global expansion of Nomex® capacity
March 16, 2009
DuPont has completed a planned expansion for DuPont™ Nomex® with the successful startup of a previously announced new production unit at its Asturias, Spain, facility. This expansion is the final step in a three-phase plan to increase worldwide capacity for Nomex® that includes production at Richmond, Va., and at a DuPont joint venture in Japan. The new capacity is part of a recent investment totaling more than $100 million to increase capacity for Nomex® ingredients, fiber and paper to support global demand across multiple market segments, including aircraft, military, firefighters and critical first responders. DuPont™ Nomex® is an inherently flame-resistant, high-temperature fiber that will not melt, drip or support combustion in air. It provides outstanding resistance to a broad range of chemicals, delivering protection against a variety of threats. More than 3 million firefighters around the world are protected by gear and accessories made of Nomex®, while it also is used in apparel worn by military pilots and combat vehicle crews; auto racing drivers, their pit crews and race track officials; and industrial workers at risk from flash fires and electric arc hazards. Members of the military wear apparel made with Nomex® to protect them from burns caused by roadside bombs, one of the greatest threats to combat troops in recent years. Nomex® paper has provided high-performance electrical insulation for motors, transformers and generators for more than three decades. Nomex® paper provides reliable insulation in consumer appliances and industrial equipment and provides lightweight structural support in transportation equipment such as high-speed trains and throughout the body of most commercial aircraft. New applications for Nomex® include wind power, chembio garments, Dupont Tychem ThermoPro, and hot gas filtration.