The facility expands capacity for biopharmaceutical tubing extrusion

 July 28, 2022

WILMINGTON, Del.—DuPont has opened a new domestic manufacturing facility where it will produce biopharmaceutical tubing, marking what the company said is a key milestone in its healthcare growth strategy.

The DuPont™ Liveo™ Healthcare Solutions manufacturing facility is located at the Cooper River site near Moncks Corner, South Carolina. It will expand capacity for extrusion of biopharmaceutical tubing to meet increased demand from Liveo™ customers, DuPont said in a release.

The site operates using the same quality standards as DuPont’s long-standing healthcare manufacturing site—the DuPont Healthcare Industries Materials Site (HIMS) in Hemlock, Michigan. Operators at the new South Carolina facility were certified at HIMS, the company said.

“The Cooper River site will bring additional production capacity online over the next two years to serve strategic customers and expand our Liveo™ Healthcare Solutions customer base,” said DuPont Healthcare & Specialty Lubricants Global Business Director Eugenio Toccalino, in the release. “We’re committed to investing in our healthcare business, and this biopharma processing manufacturing investment at Cooper River is a key milestone in our growth strategy that will help us offer a highly reliable and sustainable product supply.”

DuPont said it worked with local companies, including more than 40 subcontractors, on the site expansion project.

“Thanks to collaboration between the DuPont team and our contractor partners, the Cooper River site was completed within 17 months—on time, on budget, and without a single recordable safety incident,” said Bill Alexander, DuPont Cooper River site leader, in the release. “The opening of the site already has enabled the creation of 25 jobs for startup, with another 25 expected by mid-2024 as we ramp up operations.”

DuPont marked the official opening of the facility with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by state and local government officials and business leaders. The event included remarks from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb, DuPont Electronics & Industrial Vice President and General Manager Sam Ponzo, Toccalino, and Alexander. Attendees also toured the site.

DuPont said the expansion of its manufacturing footprint demonstrates its commitment to serving the healthcare market and its customers—by offering high-quality, high-performance products and supporting regulatory actions that address healthcare customers’ specific needs and challenges. The company also said that in addition to the Cooper River expansion, it expects to add biopharma silicone tubing capacity in China to serve the fast-growing customers in that region.

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