Rising demand for Dupont’s Tyvek nonwoven materials has prompted DuPont Safety & Construction, a business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, to invest more than $400m (€340m) to expand capacity for the manufacture of these materials at its facility in Luxembourg.
The expansion will include the addition of a new building and third operating line at the site. The new capacity will come on stream in 2021, said the company.
Global demand for DuPont Tyvek has been climbing steadily across all key end-use markets, Rose Lee, president – DuPont Safety & Construction noted.
According to industry estimates, the global segments for potential Tyvek use total several billion dollars.
Tyvek, a flash-spun nonwoven material made from 100 percent high-density polyethylene, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. The breathable material is lightweight and durable, as well as resistant to water, abrasion, bacterial penetration and ageing – a combination of properties that has enabled it to find application across diverse industries, including construction, where it is commonly used for building envelope solutions. Tyvek is also widely used to manufacture protective garments, providing effective protection during health care crises such as the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa; as well as in medical and protective packaging.