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DuPont teams up with FedEx and US government to speed PPE production

by Craig Bettenhausen
April 18, 2020 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 98, ISSUE 15

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Credit: DuPont
Tyvek is breathable but an effective barrier for liquids, making it a good material for light hazmat suits.

FedEx planes will fly rolls of Tyvek from DuPont’s plant in Richmond, Virginia, to its apparel factory in Vietnam and return with finished personal protective equipment (PPE) starting this week. The air freight, paid for by the US Department of Health and Human Services, will make about 500,000 garments per week available sooner than ocean shipping would. The PPE will go into the US strategic stockpile to be distributed to states by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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