DUPONT ADDS HYTREL, CRASTIN CAPACITY

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WILMINGTON, DEL. — DuPont Co. plans to boost capacity for its Hytrel polyester elastomer resins and Crastin polybutylene terephthalate thermoplastic polyesters.

The Wilmington firm said Feb. 27 it will build a 90 million-pound-per-year plant at its Cooper River site near Charleston, S.C. It will start construction in midyear and expects to complete it in early 1999. DuPont did not release cost details.

DuPont makes Hytrel in the United States and Europe and at a DuPont/Toray Co. Ltd. joint venture facility in Japan. It makes Crastin PBT in Uentrop, Germany.