By Austen Hufford
DuPont de Nemours Inc. said it is selling protective fabric directly to clothing manufacturers to increase production of gowns that workers wear to guard against infection from coronavirus.
DuPont said those manufactures will make about six million gowns a month in addition to its own production of 25 million garments a month, up from 16 million before the coronavirus pandemic pushed up demand for protective gear around the world.
"Demand is far in excess of supply," said John Richard, the head of DuPont's safety business. "We will be leveraging the capacity of other companies to increase the availability of Tyvek PPE."
DuPont manufactures the nonwoven fabric under the brand Tyvek at its facility in Richmond, Va.
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