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DuPont Selects South Carolina Site for Planned $500 Million Investment to Expand Production of High-Performance Kevlar(R) Fiber
Date:12/18/2007

fficers and military personnel around the world. Between 2000 and 2006, DuPont successfully completed four Kevlar(R) fiber expansion projects at its Richmond, Va., and Maydown, Northern Ireland, facilities. Several of these expansions incorporated a proprietary New Fiber Technology (NFT) developed and patented by DuPont. This new technology provides a higher performance fiber for use in critical applications serving the military and law enforcement sectors, as well as the automotive, aerospace and oil and gas industries, among others.

Key growth applications for Kevlar(R) include:

-- Improved ballistic performance, providing lighter weight protective

apparel for law enforcement and military personnel;

-- Higher dexterity for gloves, providing more freedom of movement while

protecting hands from cuts;

-- Tailored solutions for automotive tires, providing for a smoother,

quieter ride;

-- Reinforcements for pipes in oil and gas, enabling exploration in deeper

water;

-- Enhanced honeycomb structures, providing strength for next generation

aircraft;

-- Superior fragment protection for the next generation of armored

vehicles;

-- Flame resistance and strength to help bedding manufacturers meet fire

resistant standards for mattresses;

-- Significant improvements in both tensile strength and compressive

strength for more durable foam used on space vehicles, and;

-- Reinforced construction for buildings and in-home storm rooms that

provide hurricane and tornado protection to protect homes and

businesses.

DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems serves the global marketplace from offices in all major regions of the world and from five manufacturing facilities in Northern Ireland, Japan, Spain and the United States.

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