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Fibres/​Yarns/​Fabrics

DuPont expands Kinston facility

Flagship facility increases capacity to manufacture renewably sourced DuPont Sorona polymer.

10th September 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wilmington, DE

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable, Interiors

“This expansion is a direct result of the significant growth in global demand for Sorona polymer and a testament to DuPont’s commitment to manufacturing innovative products in North Carolina,” said Michael Saltzberg, PhD, global business director of DuPont Biomaterials. “We are grateful for the support from partners that made this project possible including: Lenoir County Economic Development, North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, Duke Energy Corporation, North Carolina Department of Commerce and North Carolina Department of Transportation.”

DuPont Sorona polymer is made from 37% renewable plant-based ingredients. As compared to similar materials, like nylon 6, Sorona polymer is said to use 30% less energy and release 63% fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Sorona polymer combines eco-efficiency with function, as its high-performance qualities can be used in a variety of applications, according to the manufacturer. Fibres made with Sorona polymer are said to exhibit exceptional softness, inherent stain resistance and uncompromising durability, offering a sustainable, high-performing material option for customers throughout the supply chain.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences employs more than 90 workers in Kinston through the manufacturing of Sorona polymer. With the start-up of the line, four additional employees also are being recruited.

“We are thrilled at the continued success of both the outstanding team at the Kinston facility, as well as all of our team members and partners that have helped to drive the success of a high-performance, sustainable polymer in the marketplace,” said René Molina, global product manager for DuPont Biomaterials.

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