DuPont opens 'largest' China plastics plant

DuPont Performance Materials, a branch of Wilmington-based DuPont Co., which plans to merge with Dow Chemical Co. in August, says it has opened "its largest engineering plastics compounding plant" -- with machines replacing people to speed production and flexibility, plus room for future expansion -- at Guangming New District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.

The new Guangming plant "produces a variety of DuPont products," including Zytel polyamide, Crastin, Delrin acetal resins, Bynel adhesive resins, and Fusabond resins, for carmakers, packaging and other markets in China and elsewhere in Asia.

DuPont opened its first China plant in Shenzhen in 1991. "We remain committed to participating and contributing to China’s drive for sustainable development, leveraging DuPont’s scientific innovation capabilities,”  Tony Su, president of DuPont Asia Pacific, said in a statement. DuPont says the new works increases the company's overall production, and "incorporates the latest compounding technologies."

For example, "DuPont collaborated closely with the extrusion equipment builder during the research and development phase to create a production setup that allows faster transitions between different product families to provide greater asset flexibility to meet customer needs with shorter delivery cycles," according to Randy Stone, president of the Performance Materials unit.

Plans call for Performance Materials to be separated from the rest of DuPont and added to Dow's materials business, which will be spun off by Dow DuPont and made into a new company based at Dow's current Midland, Mich. headquarters by 2018. Two other post-Dow-DuPont companies will focus on pesticides and seeds, and on DuPont's remaining former business units.