DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers is planning to invest more than $100m at its Texas manufacturing facilities to increase production capacity of ethylene copolymers.
The investment will be employed over the next four years, with more than one-third of the investment to be used by the end of 2015.
The plants produce DuPont Surlyn ionomer resins, DuPont Nucrel ethylene acid copolymer resin, DuPont Elvaloy ethylene copolymer resins, DuPont Vamac ethylene acrylic elastomers and special grades of DuPont Elvax EVA copolymers.
The Surlyn ionomer resins are mostly used in tough-to-seal packaging applications to protect the contents.
DuPont claims that its ethylene copolymers are being used in various applications, such as packaging, which helps reduce food waste and offer consumer convenience, as well as materials that enable more efficient vehicles, new roads that stand up to tough environments, more durable roofing solutions and higher-performing architectural glass solutions.
DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers president William J. Harvey said: "Our customers count on DuPont strengths in application development and new product development to innovate their product offerings.
"We are pleased to add new capacity of our high-performance polymers to support growth for our customers."
The company also produces Appeel lidding sealant resins, Bynel coextrudable adhesives, Selar PA amorphous polyamide barrier resins, Nucrel acid copolymers, Elvax EVA copolymers, Elvaloy, Elvaloy AC, Fusabond modifiers and Vamac ethylene acrylic elastomers, for packaging and industrial applications.
Image: DuPont Surlyn ionomer resins are mostly used in tough-to-seal packaging applications to protect the contents. Photo: courtesy of DuPont.