DuPont Japan Innovation Center:
Inspiring nearly 10,000 visitors and generating
370 new products to date
Where do Japan's automotive industry engineers and executives go to find inspiration, innovation and the leading edge in automotive plastics and elastomers?
Since 2005, nearly 10,000 visitors have been welcomed at the DuPont Automotive Center (DAC) in Nagoya, Japan.
Inspired by its success, DuPont has revamped and expanded this meeting place of automotive materials excellence and renamed it the new "DuPont Japan Innovation Center"—creating even more opportunities to display innovations, industry trends and the latest technology offerings, and collaborate with customers and partners right on the spot.
Part of a global network
In addition to a broadened approach and greater space, the DuPont Japan Innovation Center integrates new
state-of-the-art audio/video communication technology to connect customers with the company's global network of 9,500 scientists, chemists and engineers working in more than150 research and development centers around the world. This unique capability makes DuPont's global technology resources instantly accessible to customers and partners in Japan.
Within these new technologies and facilities, DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) offers the industry's broadest portfolio of plastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, filaments and high-performance parts and shapes to deliver solutions to customers in aerospace, automotive, consumer, electrical, electronic, industrial, sporting goods and other diversified industries.
"The inspiration driving the productivity of the new DuPont Japan Innovation Center is the result of meeting the ever-demanding needs of customers looking for one-of-its-kind application development and collaborative efforts with DuPont by addressing global megatrends—such as "reducing dependence on fossil fuels" and "protecting people and the environment"—with science-powered innovations in the automotive world," said Patrick Ferronato, Global Marketing Director for Automotive, DuPont Performance Polymers.
"In our quest for sustainable mobility, the previous Nagoya Automotive Center paved the way for the new center by enlarging the scope of customer interactions. This is a proven route that enables DuPont scientists, engineers and R&D technical experts to join hands with customers to achieve more and more innovations. It will also provide future reassurance that the company will remain 'the trusted partner for innovative solutions'."
Customers see great value in collaborating with DuPont, and their feedback confirms the benefits of working together on science-based innovation projects that address real performance problems they have with existing materials—leading to faster and sustainable new product solutions.
The DuPont Japan Innovation Center is a focal point of multiple disciplines, technologies, systems, products and businesses. Automotive systems and technology capabilities encompass HV/EV, advanced electric/electronic and control module systems, and light weighting and decoration technologies.
Business and product competencies include applied biosciences, chemical solutions, electronics and communications, fluoroproducts, packaging and industrial polymers, performance polymers and coatings, protection technologies, safety resources, titanium technologies, and more.
Choosing the "best of" more than 370 new product innovations that have already come out of DuPont automotive and innovation centers is a challenge. Notable "firsts" include:
Radiator end tank of DuPont™ Zytel® RS nylon, bio sourced from castor oil and offering key calcium chloride resistance, which won the Society of Plastics Engineers' "Most Innovative Use of Plastics" award for Toyota, Denso and DuPont.
Interior fabrics for headliners, sun visors, trim and trunk liners of DuPont™ Sorona® Bio-PTT polymer from 60% bio derived materials for the Toyota SAI hybrid.
Instrument panel air conditioning system outlet of DuPont™ Sorona® Bio-PTT high performance renewably sourced thermoplastic resin for the Toyota Prius Alpha that achieves a high quality specification for heat resistance and durability, while reducing environmental footprint.
Insulator parts, including power cables, terminal connectors, bus bars and bobbins of DuPont™ Zytel® HTN for the 2008 model year Toyota Prius, with extensions planned for the 2014 model.
Looking ahead—identifying trends, providing solutions
Today's collaborations between DuPont and its customers at the Innovation Centers in Nagoya and around the world are establishing the next generation of leading technologies and solutions. These advances are linked closely to strategic corporate visions for sustainable business growth, based on megatrends with greatest potential such as:
How to contact DuPont's Innovation Centers
For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com. If you would like to contact the DuPont Japan Innovation Center in Nagoya, please visit: www2.dupont.com/DuPont_Home/ja_JP/Innovation_Center.
Learn more about DuPont's Automotive and Innovation Centers around the world.