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Dupont and City of Dongying, China, Open negotiations Concerning New Titanium Dioxide Plant

Published on 2005-03-02. Author : SpecialChem

WILMINGTON, Del., and DONGYING, China -- DuPont and the city of Dongying, Shandong province, the People's Republic of China (PRC), have begun talks that could lead to construction of a world-class titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant in the city's Economic Development Zone. TiO2 is a white pigment widely used in the coatings, plastics and paper industries.

"Current and forecast demand for titanium dioxide in Asian markets, especially China, is growing faster than any other region of the world," said Sam Severance, vice president and general manager of DuPont Titanium Technologies. "Our goal is to be strategically positioned as the leading TiO2 supplier in that expansion. We believe that location of a new plant at Dongying would significantly improve our ability to serve our customers in these fast-growing markets while contributing to the continued development of the local economy."

DuPont teams have visited China and other Asian nations to identify sites suitable for TiO2 manufacturing. Dongying, located in Shandong Province, emerged as the leading candidate site. Any commitment to a specific site is contingent on the success of negotiations with local entities, meeting a variety of regulatory requirements and obtaining internal DuPont approvals. A Dongying delegation recently returned from a visit to DuPont manufacturing facilities in the United States and the company's corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Del.

"DuPont has an excellent reputation for the quality and innovation of its products, the safety of its manufacturing sites and its environmental stewardship," said Dongying Mayor Liu Guoxin. "Together with DuPont, we will examine the short- and long-term implications of this potential project for our community and region. Our plan is to intensify discussions beginning now and jointly announce our decision in two or three months."

"As we look at the future for DuPont and China, we're excited about the prospects for mutual growth and benefit," said DuPont Greater China President Thomas G. Powell. "An agreement to build this plant will bring to Dongying an advanced, environmentally sound manufacturing process and a substantial number of attractive job opportunities. Both elements are important to the city's sustainability and to DuPont's expansion in China."

DuPont is the world's largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide. The company operates three TiO2 plants in the United States, one in Mexico and one in Taiwan. In addition, finishing and slurry plants are located in Brazil, South Korea and The People's Republic of China. The new plant in China would serve the plastics, coatings and paper industries in that nation and the region.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Source: DuPont

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