Tyvek marks 50 years in use
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One of the most common materials used to create the thermal envelopes of commercial buildings and homes is marking its golden anniversary.
DuPont Protection Solutions announced the 50th anniversary of DuPont Tyvek, a nonwoven material that has enabled protection, security and safety in a wide variety of industries and applications, the company said in a release. To mark the milestone, celebratory events will be held throughout the year to not only pay tribute to the past, but also to focus on the future.
“From helping to protect medical personnel during the West Africa Ebola crisis, to serving as a weather barrier for the pavilion housing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia along with countless homes and commercial buildings around the globe, to helping protect the health of millions of patients around the world by maintaining the sterility of medical devices and supplies, Tyvek provides the trusted protection people need to accomplish bigger things,” said Christian Marx, global business director for DuPont Tyvek.
Lightweight and durable, Tyvek is breathable, yet resistant to water, abrasion, bacterial penetration and aging, making it ideal for a wide variety of applications across diverse industries. One of the most commonly known applications is in construction, where products in the family of building envelope solutions, such as Tyvek HomeWrap, Tyvek CommercialWrap, DuPont Flashing Systems and Tyvek Protec, are used to create more comfortable, energy-efficient buildings.
DuPont is a global leader with Tyvek protective garments providing protection for workers in industrial and cleanroom applications and for first responders. Companies around the world use more than 200 million Tyvek garments per year. Tyvek garments have been used to support emergency response efforts across the globe, including the U.S. Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup; the Japan 2011 tsunami cleanup and Fukushima nuclear plant remediation; and for protection of workers in West Africa in addressing the Ebola crisis.
Beyond protecting homes and workers, Tyvek is widely used to help protect patients in health care settings. Since its introduction to the medical device industry, Tyvek has been recognized as a standard of excellence for sterile device packaging.
Other applications for Tyvek include industrial packaging, active packaging and other specialty applications; cargo covers for pharmaceuticals and perishables; envelopes used by the U.S. Postal Service; and graphics as a substrate for tags, labels, banners, wristbands, maps and the creation of works of art and consumer products.