DuPont has broken ground on a previously announced $30 million facility in Zhangjiagang, China, that will produce a range of materials to advance applications for electrification and lightweighting in support of growing demand for its automotive adhesives. Leading the groundbreaking ceremony were Yi Zhang, regional president for DuPont Asia Pacific; Tina Wu, global vice president of Advanced Solutions and Asia Pacific regional leader for DuPont Mobility & Materials; and Cai Jianfeng, vice chief and acting mayor with the Zhangjiagang municipal government.

According to DuPont, the new facility will offer state-of-the-art process capability and quality, capacity to serve regional needs, excellent access to transportation for shipping and logistics advantages, and technical support to help ensure a world-class customer experience. It will be built at the Yangtze River International Chemical Industrial Park in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone and is expected to be fully operational by early 2023. The facility will provide advanced solutions in adhesive technology, including BETAFORCE™ TC and BETATECH™ thermal interface materials, BETAFORCE multi-material bonding adhesives, and BETAMATE™ structural adhesives.

“As an important milestone in DuPont’s history, this investment reinforces our commitment to advance auto electrification and sustainability while strengthening our leadership in China and the Asian market,” said Wu. “This new manufacturing facility will produce industry-leading innovative products to support our auto customers as they transition to electric and hybrid vehicles.”

“As one of the first foreign companies to enter the China market, DuPont has a clear growth strategy that aligns with the objectives of transforming Zhangjiagang city through innovation, laying the foundation for mutual collaboration,” said Jianfeng. “This collaboration not only marks a new chapter for DuPont’s business in China, but also accelerates the development of Zhangjiagang’s innovative platform and high-quality growth advantages.”

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