Kevlar® Plant near Charleston, South Carolina, Opens to Meet Growing Demand
The DuPont™ Kevlar® facility near Charleston, South Carolina, represents a $500 million investment in significantly expanding production of high-performance DuPont™ Kevlar® para-aramid brand fiber for industrial and military uses.
DuPont expansion needed for growing Kevlar® demand
The Cooper River facility, located north of Charleston, South Carolina, was the centerpiece of a multi-phase, multi-year Kevlar® production expansion that initially increased global Kevlar® production capacity by more than 25 percent. DuPont invested an additional $50 million at its Spruance plant in Richmond, Virginia, to increase Kevlar® polymer production. The combined expansion represented the largest single investment in Kevlar® and the largest capacity increase since the fiber was introduced in 1965.
The new plant near Charleston, South Carolina, together with our other global assets, helps DuPont meet strong and growing global demand for Kevlar®. It also allows us to put our innovative science to work to develop new, differentiated Kevlar® products, using the latest new fiber technologies that protect people, the environment, and processes.
Best known for its proven performance in ballistic and stab-resistant body armor, Kevlar® has helped save the lives of thousands of law enforcement officers and military personnel around the world.
Key Kevlar® growth applications:
- 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 resistance standards for mattresses
- Significant improvements in both tensile strength and compressive strength for more durable foam used on space vehicles
- Reinforced construction for buildings and in-home storm rooms that provide hurricane and tornado protection to protect homes and businesses