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Singapore, October 30, 2006

DuPont Breaks Ground for New VespelĀ® Plant in Singapore

Mr. William Weber, Global Business Director for Vespel® parts and shapes addressed the guests at the ceremony.
DuPont Engineering Polymers today officially start work on the construction of its new production facility for Vespel® parts and shapes when it hosts a groundbreaking ceremony at the site in Singapore. Guests of honor at the ceremony included Ms. Aw Kah Peng, Director of Chemicals Cluster, Singapore Economic Development Board, Mr. Hsing Ho, Managing Director, DuPont Singapore and Mr.William F Weber, Global Business Director, Vespel® parts and shapes.

 The new facility is the investment in one of its highest-growth businesses -DuPont™ Vespel® parts and shapes.  "Industry demand for metals-replacement technologies that reduce weight and cost is driving a step-change for our business. A Singapore facility together with other Vespel® production facilities in Ohio, Delaware, Belgium and Japan would help us meet burgeoning demands both globally and locally. The new site will support our customers with on-time delivery of the same, high-quality product." said Mr. Weber.  The new Vespel® facility is expected to be operational in early 2008.

“We are excited that DuPont has chosen Singapore for this new advanced polymer facility. This is a vote of confidence in Singapore's strengths in high value manufacturing, and its ability to supply regional and global markets competitively.” Ms Aw said.

Hsing Ho, expressed gratitude to everyone who has helped get the project off the ground speedily. Mr. Ho continued, “Efficient logistics infrastructure, competitive labor force, strong IP protection, multiple Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with key countries are contributing factors that make Singapore an ideal choice for the project. DuPont Zytel® resins are already made in Singapore and by adding additional high performance products, we will be able to expand our customer base and better meet regional customer needs.”

DuPont offers five families of Vespel® parts and shapes that meet stringent requirements for weight reduction, long service life, chemical exposure and/or extreme temperatures.  These parts and shapes, many of which are manufactured from high-performance polyimide resins, range from seal rings and couplings to engine clamps and replace metal and ceramics for lower cost of ownership and better durability.  Primary markets are global aerospace, semiconductor, industrial and transportation industries, as well as in office machine and pump applications.

DuPont is a science-based products and services company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.