DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP), a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, today announced the purchase of a new facility in Newark, Delaware, to manufacture DuPont™ Kalrez®, a specialized engineered material used in a variety of sealing applications that require high-temperature performance and excellent chemical resistance.
The facility is twice the size of the current plant in Newark, and will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced manufacturing capabilities. Over the next two years, DuPont T&AP plans to invest approximately $45 million to increase manufacturing capacity and then transition production from the current site to the new facility. The new facility, to be located on Ruthar Drive, will allow manufacturing of Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts to expand in-line with the projected business growth and to better serve customers in the important semiconductor, electronics and industrial markets.
The current Newark facility is located at the Tralee Industrial Park off of Marrows Road.
“We are extremely fortunate to have found a site that will allow us to invest for growth while retaining our highly skilled employees. Customers will be receiving the same high-performance parts as we progress through this expansion and transition. We also are pleased that our growth and investment plans are Delaware based as we’ve enjoyed a strong partnership with the state since we launched the Kalrez® business over 40 years ago,” said Randy Stone, president, T&AP.