DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers (T&AP), a Wilmington, Del.-based business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, purchased a new facility in Newark, Del., to manufacture DuPont Kalrez, a specialized engineered material used in a variety of sealing applications.

The facility is twice the size of the current plant in Newark, and will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced manufacturing capabilities. Over the next two years, DuPont T&AP plans to invest approximately $45 million to increase manufacturing capacity, and then transition production from the current site to the new facility.

Additionally, the new facility will allow manufacturing of Kalrez perfluoroelastomer parts to better serve customers in semiconductor, electronics and industrial markets.

“We are extremely fortunate to have found a site that will allow us to invest for growth while retaining our highly skilled employees. Customers will be receiving the same high-performance parts, as we progress through this expansion and transition. We also are pleased that our growth and investment plans are Delaware based, as we’ve enjoyed a strong partnership with the state since we launched the Kalrez business over 40 years ago,” says Randy Stone, president.