DuPont, Fiber-Line Collaborating on New Protective Solutions to Better Connect the World

DuPont News, July 13, 2012


Thomas Powell

DuPont and Fiber-Line® Inc. are collaborating to bring a new protective solution to better connect the world.  Protected by the durability, flexibility and lightweight strength of DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers, Fiber-Line has launched a new portfolio of cable components for broadband communications and above-ground installations.  With its patented Swellcoat® technology, Fiber-Line’s new products eliminate water penetration, thus ensuring continued, reliable information flow.

“Advanced protective materials are important to DuPont, and our work with Fiber-Line is a great example of how we re-invent our offerings every day,” said Tom Powell, president of DuPont Protection Technologies.  “As populations and economies grow, they need critical communications flow that is reliable.  Kevlar® AP provides a new twist on an essential product to create a higher performing solution – one that helps us make broadband cable more accessible to people around the world.”

Fiber optic cables, used primarily for broadband and other telecommunications applications, account for more than half of the Kevlar® used by Fiber-Line.

The company’s products for above-ground cables are made with DuPont™ Kevlar® AP, which provides 15% more strength and 15% less stretch to the cable – critical to the protection of people and property during ice storms.  The same amount of material will produce 15% more strength with less cable sag.

Fiber-Line estimates that the fiber optic cable industry alone is growing at more than 30% per year in key growth markets such as Russia, Latin America and China.

“Fiber-Line and DuPont have worked closely together on these protective solutions since our company was born in 1987,” said Vince Pappas, Fiber-Line president & CEO.  “We know DuPont™ Kevlar® well and we’ve created a joint solution that brings a new offering to the cable industry – it combines the benefits of Kevlar® and Kevlar® AP with our Swellcoat® technology to make products that our customers need.”

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