Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments: Gelvenor Textiles

Kevlar® Dare Bigger™ Moments

DuPont customer, Gelvenor Textiles celebrated its 50th anniversary on the night of May 14, 2015, while DuPont celebrated 50 years of Kevlar® innovative success. Gelvenor Textiles was established in 1965 as a weaver, dyer and finisher of synthetic and man-made continuous filament yarn fabrics.

The gold themed gala dinner attended by Gelvenor employees, government officials, suppliers and media was held in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal at the Durban Sibaya Casino. The event was a celebration of collaboration and innovation by Gelvenor Textiles. “This milestone is a testament to innovation and courageous business decisions since 1965”, said Dicky Coetzee, CEO of Gelvenor Textiles. 

Dicky Coetzee reiterated that DuPont™   Kevlar® has been the aramid of choice for Gelvenor Textiles for over two decades. This partnership, the breadth and versatility of the Kevlar® technology has enabled Gelvenor Textiles to design ballistic solutions for South African Police and law enforcements in SSA. He also mentioned the collaborative efforts they have engaged in, in the mining industry through conveyer belt project. Gelvenor’s success lies in their continual investment in research and technology, and in an on-going drive for the production of innovative fabrics.

With Kevlar® celebrating its 50th anniversary; both companies took this as an opportunity to demonstrate the strong partnership and collaboration to the value chain partners. “Gelvenor has over the years been collaborating with DuPont within the SSA region on various Kevlar® initiatives,” said Allen Chimhandamba, DuPont Protection Technologies Business Leader SSA.

The highlight of the evening was the fashion show where Gelvenor showcased the transition of fabrics since 1965, demonstrating their continuous success through the changes. Dr. Richard Okine, Regional Director for DuPont SSA shared a few words highlighting the importance of collaboration and innovation with our customers, which was followed by the cutting of the Kevlar® 50th cake.

The night kept true to its theme: it was indeed a “night of gold”.

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