India, 1 February, 2010
HYDERABAD, India, Feb 1, 2010 – DuPont announced plans to expand its work at the DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad, India by adding research & development capabilities to support local customer needs for various businesses that serve the safety & protection, construction, transportation and packaging markets in India, ASEAN and in other emerging markets in the region.
“The expansion at the DuPont Knowledge Center demonstrates DuPont’s focus on growing in emerging markets, such as India, by addressing local market needs,” said Mark Vergnano, DuPont executive vice president. “The goal is to help us better understand the unique market needs here and develop solutions tailored to these needs.”
The new R&D programs at the DuPont Knowledge Center will include:
Life protection program: DuPont plans to set up local application development facilities, including a testing lab for ballistic range, helmet press and stab testing equipment. DuPont has applied for all necessary government approvals for the testing lab and expects that once operational, the lab will help our customers test new applications using DuPont™ Kevlar® protective fiber that will meet local needs for newer, low-cost, light-weight and innovative solutions for ballistic applications in India.
Stronger, more durable tires: A tire & rubber program will be established to support the Kevlar® performance material applications in tire and hose segments for automobile and mining sectors.
Light-weight high-performance composites will be developed for the mass transportation industry and bio-composites for less severe applications.
Local packaging solutions will be developed based on DuPont Nonwovens applications that address agriculture, industrial & medical packaging needs.
Sustainable Construction: Application development and testing facilities will be created to address market needs in India for high-performance and energy-efficient sustainable solutions for the building & construction industry.
Support new application development for Corian® -- A training facility will be constructed to help local fabricators, designers and architects develop the capabilities, knowledge and skills to use DuPont™ Corian®solid surfaces in new applications in the Indian construction markets.
“This expansion is the first step in expanded materials research at DKC,” said Balvinder Kalsi, president – south Asia, DuPont. “Once fully established, the center will include applications development, testing and demonstration facilities for diverse DuPont businesses serving diverse market segments.”
“DuPont Knowledge Center is one of the global centers of excellence for DuPont, enabling the company to increase the speed of getting products out of the innovation pipeline and into the marketplace, not only for India, but also for other emerging markets such as ASEAN,” said Dr. Homi Bhedwar, Director – DuPont Knowledge Center. “Our science is focused on today’s market needs, as well as the needs for tomorrow, whether it be new products for growing agriculture markets or continued innovations to deliver safety and protection that build on our long experience in this area.”
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 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.
About DuPont India
DuPont India is a subsidiary of the American parent. DuPont relationship with India began more than 200 years ago when it received its first shipment of raw materials from India to produce black powder for explosives in 1802. Today, DuPont India markets a wide range of products in varied market segments. With over 1500 employees and six production facilities in three locations, DuPont India has been growing at double-digit rate annually in the last five years.