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DUPONT ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO BUILD ADN PLANT IN CHINA

 BEIJING, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced its intention to build a butadiene-based adiponitrile (ADN) plant in China by the end of the decade.
 The plant will be built in partnership with Chinese manufacturers and others involved in the development of the nylon 6,6 business in China and will cost in excess of US$100 million. The butadiene technology that will be used at the plant is recognized as the most advanced and lowest cost route to ADN manufacturing in the world.
 This technology is currently being used by DuPont at its ADN manufacturing plants located in Orange and Victoria, Texas in the United States as well as at its Butachimie joint venture in Chalampe, France.
 "A feasibility study will get underway by the end of this year to determine the location and capacity of the plant. This study is also an important step toward gaining Chinese government approval for the project," said Chad O. Holliday, president -- DuPont Asia Pacific. "This plant, which we plan to start up by the year 2000, will give nylon 6,6 a competitive advantage in China's growing nylon market."
 Joseph Auyeung, Asia Pacific business manager -- nylon intermediates, said, "This state-of-the-art ADN plant reflects DuPont's strong commitment to China and its rapidly growing nylon 6,6 market, which is growing at twice the average rate in the Asia Pacific region. It is one more step toward rooting DuPont in China."
 DuPont currently has two manufacturing ventures in China -- one at Shenzen for slitting "Riston" photopolymer film and "Tyvek" spunbonded olefin, and one at Shanghai to produce "Londax" rice herbicide.
 DuPont has announced plans to invest US$1 billion during the 1990s in an integrated nylon production system in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to the ADN plant to be built in China, the plans include an adipic acid plant, currently under construction, and a polymerization plant for "Zytel" nylon 6,6 resin, both in Singapore.
 Nylon was the first commercial, truly man-made fiber, and came directly out of the laboratories of DuPont chemists 55 years ago. Nylon is used widely in apparel, home furnishings, carpets, tire cord, and seat belts. Weight for weight, nylon filament yarn is stronger than steel wire.
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 /Note to editors: The above news release was issued today in Beijing./
 /CONTACT: Mini Lam, 852-734-5456 (Hong Kong), or Susan Gaffney, 302-774-2698, both of DuPont/
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