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DuPont Expands R&D Presence in China with a Focus on PVs, Automotive & Bio-based Segments

Published on 2010-12-22. Author : SpecialChem

WILMINGTON, Del. -- As part of the DuPont strategy to accelerate growth in developing economies, the company announced a new R&D expansion in China to focus on next-generation material developments for photovoltaics, bio-based materials, and automotive applications to meet the rapidly increasing demand for these emerging technologies in the Asia Pacific region.

"Asia Pacific and other regions around the world are undergoing transformational change, driven primarily by global population growth and a rising middle class," said Douglas Muzyka, Sr VP and Chief Science & Technology Officer, DuPont. "In fact, 85 percent of this year's R&D resources supported growth in megatrends related to agricultural productivity, alternative fuels and energy efficient materials, and safety and protection. This is up about 5 percent from last year, the largest single gain being in our seeds business."

"We are responding to the challenges by sharpening our focus to meet the increasing demand for food, to help decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and to help protect people and the environment. This research expansion, along with similar lab expansions in Brazil and India, is another important step to meet specific customer needs in key growth markets," Muzyka added. "We leverage our knowledge and experience, enhance our technical service capability, upgrade supply chains and our route to market, while continuing to develop local talent," said Tony Su, President - Greater China, DuPont. "The investment is as much in our people as it is in the facility."

"As we build in new capabilities in China, we begin to develop offerings specifically tailored to local market needs; and where it makes sense, invest in manufacturing capability to better serve the local, regional and global customers," Su added.

Opened in 2005, the DuPont China R&D Center is located in Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong, Shanghai, one of China's national level technical parks dedicated to high-tech start-ups and research organizations. Today, the facility operates more than 30 labs with about 200 scientists and technicians, which will double in size creating about 200 additional science and technology jobs within the next two years. They will provide support for research, application development, training, technology transfer and licensing of DuPont technologies for China and Asia Pacific markets. The center also provides an enhanced platform to enable technological exchanges and research collaborations between DuPont and Chinese and Asian universities and research institutions.

Other recent 2010 R&D expansions included new facilities in Paulinia, Brazil, and Hyderabad, India, along with two new solar energy centers in Switzerland and the United States as well as new agriculture research facilities in the Ukraine, United States and the Philippines.

"With our diverse range of core technologies, DuPont has unique capabilities to integrate scientific disciplines to address some of the world's most complex challenges that will define the coming decades. In fact, we have had a record year in new product introductions," said Muzyka. "More than 8,500 DuPont scientists and engineers in every corner of the world collaborate each day with customers, partners and other organizations to take technology-based solutions from ideas to high value offerings for the global marketplace."

About DuPont

DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation. DuPont has more than 75 R&D facilities around the world, including centers in Paulinia, Brazil; Hyderabad, India; Shanghai, China; Utsunomiya, Japan; Kawasaki, Japan; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Wuppertal, Germany and Meyrin, Switzerland. The company's global R&D headquarters is located at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. In 2009, DuPont invested $1.4 billion on global research and development, commercializing more than 1,400 new products - a 60 percent increase from the previous year. To date, DuPont has been awarded more than 35,000 U.S. patents - more than one every other day for the last 208 years.

Source: DuPont

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