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DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions Increases Capacity for Melt-Processible Fluoroplastic Resins for Cabling Industry: Investment at West Virginia Site Will Enable Expansion of High-end FEP Lines

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 19, 2014 – DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions today announced a plant expansion and capacity increase at its site near Parkersburg, W.Va. site. The expansion will increase production of high-performance fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) resins and comes at a time of growing demand for  DuPont high-performance FEP.

The expansion will enable an FEP capacity increase of up to 1,000 tons and will be operational in June 2014. The plant will produce a number of FEP resins, including FEP 9494 and FEP 9835, which are melt- processible fluoroplastic resins specifically designed for high-speed extrusion of thin coatings on small-gauge wires for twisted-pair data cabling constructions. These FEP offerings are most often used for IT datacom category cables and data center cables.

“DuPont is the market leader in FEP products and innovation, and this expansion shows our ongoing commitment to the cabling industry,” said Frenk Hulsebosch, global business manager, DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions. “This capacity increase ensures our cabling customers will continue to have access to premium FEP offerings from DuPont.”

“Our high-end FEP product is the best in the world for wire and cable applications,” said George M. Pruce, North America business manager, DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions. “We made this investment in response to continuing market demand; we are committed to partnering with our customers to enable the highest quality and most reliable supply to support their growth initiatives.”

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.