SHANGHAI – DuPont announced today that it is investing more than $80 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, in the Jiangsu Province of China.
The new facility will produce compounded high-end engineering plastics and adhesives for the electronics and other markets.
The planned site is expected to become operational in 2020 with expansion through 2023.
The production facility, to be built at the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park, will support growing demand for DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP) business’ specialized materials. The investment will be focused on such lines as its thermoplastic polyesters and silicone-based thermoplastic resins used in used in cellphone housings, keyboards and in wearables such as fitness bands and ear buds. The site plans to include new production lines for automotive adhesives, and intends to manufacture additional specialty products in the future, enabling it to be the first multi-business manufacturing facility in China for the new DuPont.
“This investment reinforces our commitment to China and the Asian market where we see strong growth potential across our businesses,” said Randy Stone, President of DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers. “Our new manufacturing facility will position us well to support anticipated growth in the automotive sector due to strong customer demand for our advanced polymers and solutions from end users such as electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturers. This investment, in cooperation with the Zhangjiagang government, will enable us to continue to deliver innovative solutions that serve high-growth end uses in a cost-effective, responsive way, and strengthen our leadership position in these key application spaces globally.”