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DuPont launches new capacity for safety glass interlayers

DuPont today 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 the opening of the company's new manufacturing line in Fayetteville, N.C., which makes DuPont SentryGlas Plus interlayers for global markets.

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 interlayers.

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 needs 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.

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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