DuPont this week officially opened a new plastics compounding plant in China that is now the largest in its global manufacturing network.
The plant, located in Shenzhen near the country's southeastern coast, produces engineering plastics including Zytel polyamide, Crastin, Delrin acetal resins, Bynel adhesive resins and Fusabond resins.
It will primarily serve the automotive, industrial, consumer product and packaging sectors in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
"DuPont started its China growth journey from Shenzhen 27 years ago,” said DuPont Asia Pacific president Tony Su. "We remain committed to participating and contributing to China’s drive for sustainable development, leveraging DuPont’s scientific innovation capabilities."
The Shenzhen plant was designed to generate higher output with increased efficiency, including a setup that will enable quicker transitions between products, greater production flexibility and shorter delivery times.
The plant also includes substantial automation — including a fully automated packaging operation — and was designed to be expanded in the future.
"The technology advancements enable consistent delivery of high quality product and will strengthen our position as a market leader with innovative, high-quality DuPont products produced in a timely and responsive manner,” added Randy Stone, the president of DuPont's Performance Materials division.
Under DuPont's proposed plan to merge with Dow Chemical and subsequently split into three separate companies, the performance materials business would be incorporated into a new material science company.
Shareholders of both companies approved the massive merger this week, but it remains subject to review by antitrust regulators.