DuPont (Wilmington, De.) 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.
"These investments demonstrate DuPont's commitment to customers and to protecting lives. It is our intent to continue to be a leader in high-performance fibers and papers well into the future," said Thomas G. Powell, vice president and general manager — DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems. "In addition to the critical gear that protects people, demand for Nomex has sharply increased in industrial applications, such as lightweighting for aircraft, reducing energy use in motors and generators, and improving efficiency in transformers used for wind power."
DuPont Nomex is an inherently flame-resistant, high-temperature fiber that will not melt, drip or support combustion in air. It provides lightweight structural support in transportation equipment such as high-speed trains and throughout the body of most commercial aircraft.