DuPont Electronics & Imaging announced is investing $220 million to build new production assets at its Circleville plant in south-central Ohio
The investment will expand production of DuPont™ Kapton polyimide film and Pyralux flexible circuit materials to meet demand in automotive, consumer electronics, telecom and defense. DuPont anticipates that the expansion will go online in 20121
“This investment is a reflection of our strong commitment to our customers around the world,” said Jim Fahey, President of DuPont Electronics & Imaging. “Our new production assets will position us well to support the growing need across many sectors for our advanced high-reliability materials for innovations in areas such as 5G, automotive, flexible displays and artificial intelligence.”
The Circleville plant has manufactured polyimide film for various electronics and industrial applications, including solar, for more than 60 years.
The company is also making infrastructure and personnel investments at the DuPont Hsinchu, Taiwan, site.
DuPont previously announced plans to increase Kapton production by up to 20 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Having successfully done that, the new investments will add more production over the next several years.
Kapton polyimide films, made only by DuPont, have been made for a half century.
With the 2017 merger of Dow and DuPont, Dow Electronic Materials and DuPont Electronics & Communications have combined their portfolios to create the new DuPont Electronics & Imaging business, which is part of the new Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont.
Specialty Products will be spun off into a publicly traded company that will carry the DuPont name and will be headquartered in northern Delaware.