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DU PONT TO BUILD PLANT IN SPAIN

 DU PONT TO BUILD PLANT IN SPAIN
 WILMINGTON, Del., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Du Pont (NYSE: DD) today


announced that it will construct a European plant for the manufacture of tetrahydrofuran (THF), an intermediate for fibers and elastomers.
 The facility will be located at the company's new site in Asturias, Spain, and will be the first to use Du Pont's proprietary butane-based technology. Investment was not disclosed.
 Annual capacity will be 45,000 tonnes, making it the world's second largest THF plant when it starts up in mid-1995. Du Pont currently manufactures THF by the acid-catalyzed dehydration of butanediol in the world's largest plant in LaPorte, Texas.
 THF is used in the production of "Terathane" polyether glycol, a principal ingredient for Du Pont's "Lycra" spandex fiber and "Hytrel" copolyester elastomer, and for high-performance polyurethanes. THF also is used in a number of applications, including reaction solvents, magnetic tape and plastic pipe cement that depend upon its excellent solvent properties.
 "Du Pont's commitment to build a world-class THF manufacturing facility in Spain is a clear demonstration of our drive to meet growing needs for THF and 'Terathane' worldwide," said Ned C. Jackson, vice president and general manager -- specialty chemicals. "This plant will provide high quality, primary ingredients for our 'Lycra' and 'Hytrel' businesses in keeping with our commitment to enhance our leadership position in these areas."
 "We are confident that the significant investment, cost, and environmental advantages of our butane-based technology, combined with our location in Asturias, will give us the most highly competitive THF plant in the world," Jackson said.
 The new plant will be Du Pont's second to be constructed at the Asturias site. The first plant, scheduled for start-up next year, will manufacture "Nomex" B fiber, which is used in the production of fire- resistant fabrics.
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