DuPont and China Petroleum & Chemical, known as Sinopec, have started production at their joint venture ethylene vinyl acetate production plant in Beijing, the parties said.
The facility will be DuPont’s first EVA production in China, which it said is the world’s fastest-growing market for the material.
EVA products made by the Beijing joint venture will carry DuPont's Elvax brand and will be marketed by DuPont. The Beijing facility is designed to provide more local support to customers there entering higher value applications, DuPont said in a release.
The Beijing Huamei Polymer is 55% owned by Sinopec and 45% by DuPont, and will have annual capacity of about 132 million pounds, the companies said in previous announcements.
When the project was first announced in 2007, DuPont projected a 2008 start-up but a spokesperson said that was delayed to insure a safe construction.