In North Carolina, DuPont Industrial Biosciences has completed an expansion of its Kinston biopolymer facility. The investment increased capacity by 25% and will help the company meet growing demand from carpet and apparel markets.
“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.”
Sorona is 37% renewable and requires less energy and emissions to produce. It is also softer than incumbent materials, as well as stain resistant and durable. The company is also adding four employees to the plants existing headcount of 90.