DuPont has commenced operations at a new fluoropolymer production plant in Changshu, China. The plant, which produces polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fine-powder and dispersion for global customers, with focus on Asia Pacific, marks a significant milestone in the company's strategic plan to establish a broader fluoroproducts manufacturing base in China. PTFE products are generally supplied to automobile, apparel, construction, aviation, chemical manufacturing, and consumer and industrial cookware industries.
The Changshu plant is the fourth DuPont facility that has installed commercial production units using DuPont ™ Echelon ™ technology which produces low-PFOA content aqueous fluoropolymer dispersions. Other DuPont facilities using the Echelon™ technology are located in Parkersburg, West Virginia; Dordrecht, The Netherlands, and; Shimizu, Japan. Through the use of Echelon™ technology, DuPont has qualified customers representing over 90 percent of its sales volume of aqueous fluoropolymer dispersions to use products that reduce PFOA content by at least 97%.