1937 Business in Argentina
A post-World War II expansion program was hindered by the economic policies of Dictator Juan Peron and further complicated by the 1952 antitrust breakup of the DuPont-ICI venture. DuPont retained nearly three-fourths of Ducilo’s assets, however, and with the fall of Peron in 1955, began expansion in earnest. A Freon® plant went into operation in 1957, and nylon and cellophane production was stepped up three years later.
By 1965 Berazategui’s five plants employed 3,700 workers and were specializing in nylon production. Nylon manufacturing capacity was increased throughout the 1960s with a bulked continuous filament (BCF) nylon yarn facility going online at the end of the decade. In the 1980s and 1990s, the plant began manufacturing Zytel® and Minlon® nylon resins as well as high-tenacity yarns and tire cord. Despite its size and complexity, the plant attained one of the top safety records of all DuPont sites worldwide.