DuPont Acquires Czech Republic PVB Company

Based in Wilmington, Del., DuPont has announced the acquisition of Retrim, a safety glass interlayer company located in the Czech Republic. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. DuPont said Czech Republic regulatory approval was received in January.

Through the acquisition, DuPont will acquire the entire Retrim business, including more than 50 employees, as well as proprietary technology that allows for the re-use of PVB trim materials produced when manufacturing both architectural and automotive laminated glass.

"This acquisition is consistent with the company's stated goal of increasing its presence in growing markets. And, it helps DuPont offer improved efficiency and value-adding services to customers," said Craig F. Binetti, vice president and general manager of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. "Adding a safety glass interlayer manufacturing plant and PVB expertise in the Czech Republic bolsters DuPont's presence in Central and Eastern Europe so we can be a preferred supplier and innovator in those markets."

According to Binetti, PVB products produced at the Czech plant will continue to be marketed under the Czechtrim® brand.

"Acquiring Retrim also underlies [our] commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing," Binetti added. "The acquisition will allow DuPont to make the best use of available techniques for using recycled PVB in making high-quality interlayers for use in safety glass."

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