WILMINGTON, DEL. - DuPont Co. began producing glass-reinforced grades of Zytel-brand nylon resins in April at a new Singapore compounding plant. The firm produces the resins in its engineering polymers plant in Tuas, Singapore. Officials declin-ed to disclose the cost of the plant, which receives polymer from a $150 million DuPont nylon facility that began production on the island of Pulau Sakra, Sing-apore, in October.
The Singapore plant will produce about 22 million pounds of compounds a year, said Jerry Quinn, spokesman for DuPont Engineering Polymers in Wilming-ton. DuPont chose Singapore because ``we have so many other plants and businesses there and it's a convenient place to serve our customers. There's a concentration of plastic distributors and we've established a strong presence in Singapore and have facilities and offices there,'' he said.
DuPont produces Zytel-brand nylon in the United States, Europe and South America. It is used in automotive engine components such as air intake manifolds, appliance parts, power-tool housings, sporting goods and various electrical and electronic components. Quinn said the electrical and electronic components are the main applications in the Singapore region.