DUPONT SLATES PLANT IN SPAIN TO PRODUCE NONWOVEN FABRIC

OVIEDO, Spain — DuPont said Tuesday that it plans to build a plant at its site here, which will expand production of nonwoven products using its Sontara spun-lacing fabric process.
The planned $75 million investment is subject to final corporate authorization, DuPont said.
Scheduled to come on stream after a two-year construction period, the plant will be the second manufacturing site for the Sontara business.
DuPont already has a plant for Sontara in Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to high tech apparel and home furnishings applications, Sontara spun-lace products are used in such categories as medical gauzes, premoistened personal hygiene consumer wipes and specialized industrial wipes. Sontara spun-lace fabric is one of the three that make up the DuPont nonwovens business, which the company said should generate about $800 million in sales this year. DuPont’s other nonwoven products include Tyvek flashspun high-density polyethylene and Typar spunbonded polypropylene.

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