NOMEX® turns 50 and DUPONT™, it's inventor, is celebrating

Posted by B. Brown on 7/13/2017 to Technology

Mission Viejo, CA, July 13, 2017 – DuPont invented Nomex® 50 years ago and DuPont™ Protection Solutions has announced that it is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of DuPont™.  Throughout the year, a series of celebratory events and activities will be held to not only mark this major milestone, but to focus on the future.  Nomex®, an inherently heat- and flame-resistant fiber used to help provide protection to millions of people and critical processes worldwide.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary, a new brand platform, Nomex® Never Quit, was developed to represent the spirit of the innovators, heroes and the user community who rely on Nomex®'s protection.

Nomex® was introduced in woven and nonwoven forms in 1967.  The fundamental research and development work, conducted by Paul Morgan and Stephanie Kowlek, was motivated by deaths of numerous race car drivers in fiery crashes.  Wilfred Sweeny, found a way to make a high molecular weight product that could be spun into a tough crystallizable fiber (later named Nomex®) that possessed outstanding thermal- and flame-resistant properties.  Most appropriately, Nomex® was first tested in racing suits in 1966 before being commercialized the following year.

Nomex® brand is best known as a critical component in protective apparel.  It addresses the demands of aerospace, first responders, military, transportation, medical, electrical, industrial and marine industries.  Honeycomb composites made of Nomex® can be found in a wide range of aerospace applications. 

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. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit  In addition, DuPont Protection Solutions is a global leader in products and solutions that protect – people, structures and the environment – and enables its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands.  For more information about DuPont Protection Solutions, visit:  For Nomex® knowledge bank, visit

There is no question that the world is better off with DuPont and it’s like.  Thank you DuPont.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPontÔ, Corian®, Kevlar®, Never Quit™, Nomex® and Tyvek® are trademarks or registered trademarks of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates.


[1] Note: excerpts taken from DuPont, Products and Services web pages and Otex Specialty Narrow Fabrics News web pages.

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