DuPont Industrial Biosciences has recently completed the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Kinston, North Carolina where its high-performance, bio-based Sorona® polymer is produced. Subsequently, DuPont has extended the facility’s capacity to produce DuPont™ Sorona® polymer by 25%, resulting from the increased demand for the polymer across global carpet and apparel markets, credible sources mentioned.
Global business director for DuPont Biomaterials, Michael Saltzberg, Ph.D., stated that the facility expansion represents DuPont’s dedication towards manufacturing innovative products in North Carolina. He also appreciated the assistance provided by the company’s partners in successful execution of the project.
According to Saltzberg, these partners include the North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir County Economic Development, Lenoir Community College, North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina Department of Transportation and Duke Energy Corporation.
DuPont™ Sorona® polymer, as per records, is constituted of 37 percent plant-derived renewable ingredients and is suitable for a number of applications. Allegedly, Sorona® polymer utilizes 30% less energy and emits up to 63% less green house gases as compared to alternatives like nylon 6. The company claims that fibers made using Sorona® polymer exhibits characteristics like excellent softness, rigid durability and inherent stain resistance.
Supposedly, besides a reduced dependence on fossil fuels, Sorona® polymer also features a combination of function with eco-efficiency with various applications benefiting from its high-performance attributes. It has been established as a sustainable material for all the customers in DuPont’s supply chain. DuPont Industrial Biosciences reportedly has over 90 workers in Kinston for the manufacturing of Sorona® polymer and with the commencement of the expanded the line, four additional employees are also to be recruited.
René Molina, DuPont Biomaterials’ global product manager, said the success of the high-performance Sorona® polymer across markets has been achieved by the consistent success of the company’s team members, partners and the exceptional team at the Kinston facility.