DUPONT TO HIKE DACRON OUTPUT 135M POUNDS
NEW YORK — Underscoring the increased demand for polyester staple, DuPont said Monday that it will increase its capacity for Dacron polyester staple by 135 million pounds.
The gains will come from the expansion of equipment at three existing facilities rather than the construction of new ones, a DuPont spokesman said. The project, expected to be completed by the first part of 1997, is part of a $300 million capital investment program the company began for its Dacron polyester unit in 1992. It is DuPont’s first Dacron staple capacity increase since 1974 and will bring DuPont’s total Dacron production to about 1 billion pounds for apparel, home furnishings, industrial and nonwovens applications. DuPont doesn’t break out production by product segment.
Roughly 60 percent of the capacity increase will be at DuPont’s Cape Fear, N.C., plant, with the balance split between the company’s Cooper River plant in Charleston, S.C., and at Monterrey, Mexico.