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DuPont Mylar Type D

Polyester Film for Encapsulation has been going through some major changes
within the past few years.
A few years ago the ICI Melinex line of film was purchased by the DuPont
Corporation. I thought that the Melinex line would be dropped. However,
Melinex Type 516 has lived on at DuPont. Now, there is new information from
DuPont, that Mylar Type D will be discontinued as of September 2001. Mylar
Type D had been developed for the Graphic Arts Industry. They are now using
computers for most of their work so there is little call for Mylar D.
According to DuPont, converters/our suppliers have been alerted to the
discontinuation of Mylar D and they have "developed a game plan". Melinex
Type 516 and another similar film, 456, should be readily available for use
in preservation. Those of you who use DuPont Mylar Type D should contact your
supplier for new information.
I will try to gather more information as it comes available.

Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA   16695
fax 814-793-4045

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