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Achieving sustainable operational excellence at DuPont Uentrop case study

DuPont Uentrop multi-function plant

KEEPING THE MACHINES RUNNING – PROFITABLY

When chemical engineer Reinhold Sand was posted to one of DuPont’s largest sites in Europe at Uentrop in Germany in 2007 he found a well-structured plant with no major issues. It seemed to be the ideal training ground for his new role as plant manager. But the easy introduction was deceptive. “A year after arriving in Uentrop, all hell broke loose,” he recalls.

Uentrop is a multi-functional plant. Spread over 110 ha, it is the largest manufacturer of polyester fibres in Europe, as well as the biggest production site in the world for polybutylene terephthalate, a thermoplastic engineering polymer used as an insulator in the electrical and electronics industries. The site also makes performance polymers and packaging, as well as Butacite polyvinyl butyral resin sheets for safety glass.

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