DuPont Co.'s Performance Polymers unit plans to build a polymerization plant for its Zytel HTN polyamide resin in Singapore, its first in Asia for the material, and expand its compounding operation in Shenzhen, China, for nylon and polyamides, the company announced at the Chinaplas 2011 trade fair.
DuPont said it will add a polymerization facility with 44 million pounds of capacity for HTN materials at a site in Singapore by 2013. The company currently manufactures nylon there.
DuPont also recently added compounding capacity at its Shenzhen factory, with an additional capacity of 66 million pounds for its Zytel GRZ nylon resins and 22 million pounds for Zytel, doubling compounding capacity in Shenzhen, said James Hay, regional director of Asia Pacific for the performance polymers unit.
Hay, who was interviewed May 18 at Chinaplas in Guangzhou, declined to provide investment figures.
DuPont said in a news release that demand for engineering materials is “growing exponentially” in its Asia-Pacific region.
Hay said the new capacity expansions are designed to complement an April announcement of the expansion of DuPont's automotive technology research center in Shanghai.
The Zytel materials are used to replace metal in underhood applications in cars, and in the electronic systems of hybrid and electric vehicles, and also in handheld devices, electrical appliances and consumer products.