DuPont to expand Tyvek business

The company will invest US$400 million to expand manufacturing capacity at its facility in Luxembourg

Groundbreaking ceremony at Tyvek Luxembourg site

DuPont Safety & Construction, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, has announced plans to invest more than US$400 million to expand capacity for the manufacture of Tyvek nonwoven materials at its facility in Luxembourg.

The production expansion, which will add a new building and third operating line at the site, is scheduled to start in 2021.

“Global demand for DuPont Tyvek continues to grow worldwide in all of our key end-use markets,” said Rose Lee, president of DuPont Safety & Construction. “This capacity expansion plan is a critical step in growing the Tyvek business, maintaining our leadership in nonwoven materials, and delivering the innovation customers expect from DuPont.”

The Tyvek brand was launched in 1967

According to industry estimates, the global segments for potential Tyvek use total several billion dollars.

In 2017 DuPont celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Tyvek brand. The company developed a unique nonwoven material made of 100% high-density polyethylene that has enabled new dimensions of protection, security and safety in a wide variety of industries and applications.

Since the launched, DuPont has expanded the Tyvek product line with Tyvek for building envelope solutions, protective garments, medical packaging and for graphics and protective packaging.

DuPont, along with its customers, continue to develop new Tyvek products and applications to meet evolving marketplace needs. "Designers of consumer products for lighting and fashion accessories and apparel are increasingly demanding Tyvek for their products because of its lightweight durability and texture," the company said.

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