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Richmond, VA, July 8, 2009

DuPont Protection Technologies Unites Advanced Fiber Systems, Nonwovens and Personal Protection Businesses

Strategic Business Unit Continues Commitment to Protecting Lives, the Environment and Critical Processes

DuPont today announced the merger of three business units under a new name, DuPont Protection Technologies.  The merger combines DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems, Nonwovens, and DuPont Personal Protection. The organization brings together technologies and products that protect lives, the environment and critical processes worldwide.  Among the most well-known offerings are DuPont Tyvek® and Sontara® nonwovens, Nomex® and Kevlar® advanced fibers, and Tychem® protective apparel.


Thomas G. Powell, who has been serving as vice president and general manager – DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems, will lead the organization as vice president and general manager.


“We are tremendously excited about the opportunities created for our people and our customers by combining these businesses,” said Powell.  “We believe we will be able to quickly simplify internal processes, increase the speed of decision-making, and more fully leverage our large investments in research and development across market segments.  These changes will lead to more rapid innovation and improve our responsiveness to customers.”

 
Powell emphasized that DuPont Protection Technologies will continue to operate its existing manufacturing and research facilities around the world and that there are no plans to close or combine any sites as a result of the restructuring.  He also stressed that the business remains committed to the current business strategies and market segments.


“These businesses are responsible for high-performance products and technologies that are known and respected worldwide,” he said. “They have long-standing leadership positions and represent applications and technologies that DuPont is counting on for future growth.  We are committed to continuing to invest in capacity and innovation to meet the current and future needs of our customers,” he said.


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.


DuPont™ and the DuPont Oval, Tyvek®, Sontara®, Nomex®, Kevlar®, and Tychem® are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.

 

Contact:

Christine O'Brien

(302) 992-4341

christine.o’brien@usa.dupont.com