DuPont, Fiber-Line Collaborating on New Protective Solutions to Better Connect the World


WILMINGTON, Del., July 12, 2012 ─ DuPont and Fiber-Line® Inc. are collaborating to bring a new protective solution to better connect the world.  Protected by the durability, flexibility and lightweight strength of DuPont™ Kevlar® fibers, Fiber-Line has launched a new portfolio of cable components for broadband communications and above-ground installations.  With its patented Swellcoat® technology, Fiber-Line’s new products eliminate water penetration, thus ensuring continued, reliable information flow.


Cable strength enhanced used DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber. Photo courtesy of Fiber-Line.

Fiber optic cables, used primarily for broadband and other telecommunications applications, account for more than half of the Kevlar® used by Fiber-Line. 

The company’s products for above-ground cables are made with DuPont™ Kevlar® AP, which provides 15 percent more strength and 15 percent less stretch to the cable – critical to the protection of people and property during ice storms.  The same amount of material will produce 15 percent more strength with less cable sag. 

“Advanced protective materials are important to DuPont, and our work with Fiber-Line is a great example of how we re-invent our offerings every day,” said Thomas G. Powell, president of DuPont Protection Technologies.  “As populations and economies grow, they need critical communications flow that is reliable.  Kevlar® AP provides a new twist on an essential product to create a higher performing solution – one that helps us make broadband cable more accessible to people around the world.”

Fiber-Line estimates that the fiber optic cable industry alone is growing at more than 30 percent per year in key growth markets such as Russia, Latin America and China.

“Fiber-Line and DuPont have worked closely together on these protective solutions since our company was born in 1987,” said Vince Pappas, Fiber-Line president and CEO.  “We know DuPont™ Kevlar® well and we’ve created a joint solution that brings a new offering to the cable industry – it combines the benefits of Kevlar® and Kevlar® AP with our Swellcoat® technology to make products that our customers need.”

DuPont is working on a range of new opportunities with customers, manufacturers, governments and others in new and existing markets.  Best known as the leading brand in ballistic and stab-resistant body armor, DuPont™ Kevlar® has helped save the lives of thousands of law enforcement and military personnel around the world, and is a key material used in most industries, including aerospace, transportation, oil and gas, energy and communications, among others.

Fiber-Line® Inc., celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2012, is a global manufacturer of high-performance fibers and specialty coatings for a broad range of industries, including fiber optic cables, composites, industrial and oil and gas.  Through the company’s expertise in fibers and proprietary twisting, coating, winding, and splicing technologies, Fiber-Line® provides customized solutions for customers in over 50 countries around the world.   For more information, please visit our website at

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit

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