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                                                  Krishnakoli Dutta
                                                  DuPont Public Affairs, south Asia
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                                                  Krishnakoli.Dutta@ind.dupont.com

                                                  Peter Jacob
                                                  DuPont Public Affairs, DuPont Knowledge Center, India
                                                  Tel:+91-40-66247404; Mob: +91-7893001974                           
                                                  Peter.Jacob@ind.dupont.com

DuPont opens Ballistics Facility at DuPont Knowledge Center in India

Will provide customers with application testing facilities and help develop local solutions

HYDERABAD, INDIA, April 12, 2012 – DuPont today announced the opening of its world-class integrated ballistics facility in India, the first such DuPont facility in the Asia Pacific region. The DuPont Ballistics facility is located at the DuPont Knowledge Center in Hyderabad, India. It is a state-of-the-art integrated ballistics facility, with a ballistics testing range, a 600-ton helmet press and stab testing equipment, all housed in a single location.

The DuPont Ballistics Facility will allow DuPont to provide its customers and end-users, including law enforcement agencies and security forces, with application testing facilities that follow international standards. It will help develop solutions that can be tested under local conditions and against local ammunition, and will enable introduction of a broader portfolio of Kevlar® materials and solutions that address local needs. The DuPont Ballistics Facility in India will also help build capabilities; for example, the 600 ton helmet press will allow our customers and partners to leverage the company’s global knowledge of helmet making processes to meet international standards.

Announcing the launch, Rajeev Vaidya, President – south Asia, DuPont, said, “DuPont is committed to bringing its science-powered innovations to meet the key global challenges of food, energy and protection in India. The DuPont Ballistics facility at DuPont Knowledge Center, India, exemplifies DuPont’s belief of inclusive innovation and open collaboration, working with customers and partners in India and around the world to develop solutions that help protect those who protect us”.

As the brand leader in protection, DuPont is committed to using its science expertise to develop a broader portfolio of DuPont™ Kevlar® materials and solutions that address local needs. The India facility is the first DuPont site in Asia Pacific and the fifth DuPont site worldwide for testing protection materials in ballistics applications. Others are located in Richmond, Virginia and in Wilmington, Delaware in the USA, in Meyrin, Switzerland and in Paulina, Brazil.


“Indian defense and internal security forces have unique & challenging ballistics protection requirements. This new DuPont Ballistics Facility in India will enable us to collaborate with our local customers and end-users and jointly develop appropriate ballistics solutions and applications for protective vests and helmets that can be tested under local conditions and against local ammunition using international standards, meeting the local requirements”, ” said Yati Waghray, Technology Leader at the DuPont Knowledge Center..

DuPont is one of world’s leading providers of materials for body and vehicle armor, with a proven experience of more than 40 years with DuPont™ Kevlar® protective materials worldwide. DuPont works collaboratively with customers and end-users in India and around the world to develop new applications and solutions using DuPont™ Kevlar® protective material. As DuPont develops next-generation materials, foster innovation and forge new research partnerships, the company is dedicated to shaping the future of protective technologies.

Best known for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armor, Kevlar® has helped save the lives of thousands of law enforcement and military personnel around the world, including in India. The proven performance of Kevlar® has created increasing demand in many other protective applications, including aerospace, oil and gas, alternative energy and automotive industries, where the combination of lightweight strength and other unique properties enable new designs and increased reliability.

About DuPont
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.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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 and employs more than 4000 employees as of end 2011. With six production facilities in three locations, the DuPont Knowledge Center in Hyderabad and the DuPont India Innovation Center in Pune, DuPont India has been growing at double-digit rate annually in the last five years.