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DuPont launches new capacity for safety glass interlayers

Du Pont Engineering Polymers : 19 May, 2006  (New Product)
DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions announced that new production capabilities for its safety glass interlayers are now operational. The facilities expansions were put in place in response to strong global demand growth for impact-resistant glass. Key to the expansion is opening of the company's new manufacturing line in Fayetteville, North Carolina, which makes DuPont SentryGlas Plus interlayers for global markets.
DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions announced that new production capabilities for its safety glass interlayers are now operational. The facilities expansions were put in place in response to strong global demand growth for impact-resistant glass. Key to the expansion is opening of the company's new manufacturing line in Fayetteville, North Carolina, which makes DuPont SentryGlas Plus interlayers for global markets.

SentryGlas Plus continues to be used to address the extreme demands of applications around the world including embassies, high-rise building facades, balustrades, and overhead glazing. DuPont's latest glass interlayer offering provides architects with expanded capabilities for meeting increasingly stringent building codes, especially in hurricane markets. It is stronger, clearer and more durable than traditional interlayers.

Originally introduced to address the extreme demands of the hurricane market, SentryGlas Plus is finding new applications around the world including embassies, high rise building facades, balustrades, handrails, floors and overhead glazing. DuPont's latest glass interlayer offering provides architects with expanded capabilities for meeting increasingly stringent building codes. It is stronger, clearer and more durable than traditional interlayer.

DuPont also opened a new facility in Wilmington, Del., for making SentryGlas Expressions, an innovative safety glass offering that brings together DuPont inkjet and polymer science to meet the need of architects and designers for decorative architectural glazing. With the new technology, designers now have the ability to customize designs and images with photographic realism, along with the safety and security benefits of laminated glass.

'The investment in these facilities responds to strong global demand growth and demonstrates DuPont's commitment to this business and to becoming the leading supplier and innovator of glass laminating solutions for a better, safer world,' said Luigi Robbiati, global business director for DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions. 'SentryGlas solutions are opening up entirely new applications for the use of glass in buildings where it has never been used before, with many new possibilities for building design.'

DuPont also announced that it has successfully launched additional production capabilities at the company's Retrim safety glass interlayer operation in Zlin, Czech Republic, expanding DuPont's presence in Central and Eastern Europe for automotive and architectural laminated glass markets.

In response to increasing Asian demand for safety glass for automotive and architectural applications, DuPont has added production capability for its DuPont Butacite polyvinyl butryal interlayer for windshield applications with shade bands at its Ulsan, Korea, facility. This will result in improved service levels for these products to customers in the Asia region.
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