DuPont has announced that it is investing approximately $30 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, in East China, Plasticstoday.com reports. The facility will produce adhesives to serve customers in the transportation industry, specifically targeting two industry mega trends — vehicle electrification and lightweighting. Construction will begin in Q3 of this year, and the facility is expected to be operational by early 2023.
The facility at the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone will support growing demand for its advanced solutions in adhesive technology, said DuPont Mobility & Materials in the announcement.
The company’s portfolio includes Betaforce TC and Betatech thermal interface materials that help support battery thermal management; Betaforce multi-material bonding adhesives for battery sealing and assembly; and Betamate structural adhesives for vehicle bodies and battery bonding to support crash durability and lighter weight vehicle structures.
“This investment reinforces our commitment to advance auto electrification and sustainability while extending our leadership position in China and the Asian market,” said Randy Stone, President of DuPont Mobility & Materials. “Our new manufacturing facility will support anticipated growth in the automotive sector due to strong customer demand for our advanced solutions enabling the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles.”
DuPont also recently established an adhesives facility in Utsunomiya, Japan, to support growth in automotive electrification.