DuPont opens first Innovation Center in the USA to promote collaboration with the auto industry
DuPont recently opened its first Innovation Center in the USA to accelerate introduction of new products and applications in support of the automotive industry. The new center in Troy, Michigan, is Detroit’s gateway to DuPont technology worldwide, and will promote even closer collaboration with the company’s partners in the industry. This is DuPont’s fourth Innovation Center focused on automotive, following those located in Pune, India; Seoul, Korea; and Nagoya, Japan.
The opening of the new Innovation Center on October 18, 2012, based at the DuPont Automotive Development Center at Troy, featured a panel of industry thought leaders who discussed how the multiple technologies designed to improve vehicle fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions are changing value-chain relationships and demanding higher performing materials.
By connecting Detroit-area customers with 9,500 DuPont scientists and engineers in 75 research and development centers around the world, the new Troy Innovation Center will create a web of communication to identify market needs, anticipate market trends, develop solutions and increase speed to market with projects benefiting from global input.
Responding with new materials
“DuPont R&D excels when we are able to collaborate with our customers. Our Troy Innovation Center is Detroit’s gateway to DuPont technology worldwide. This center will promote even closer collaboration with our partners in the auto industry,” said Thomas M. Connelly, DuPont Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer.
“The auto industry is developing a number of technologies that respond to customer desire for great efficiency and for even better driving experiences. DuPont is responding with new materials that will meet the future needs of the industry,” Connelly added, referring to a market worth over $3 billion to DuPont in annual sales.
Bringing specialists together
The Troy Innovation Center is capable of bringing together specialists from anywhere in the world to focus on auto issues. It houses a videoconferencing center with the latest large-screen real-time videoconferencing equipment where customers can talk with DuPont specialists via the Internet, helping to cut back on travel time and expenses.
Throughout its Innovation Centers, DuPont is focused on developing innovative solutions for the automotive industry across eight automotive themes: Sustainability; Alternative Drive; Lightweighting; Improved Performance; Powertrain Efficiency; Total System Cost; Safety, and Comfort and Design. In collaboration with customers, the company is committed to helping automakers build cleaner, energy-efficient cars that people love to drive.
In addition to automotive industry-focused Innovation Centers in Pune, India; Seoul, Korea; Nagoya, Japan, and Troy, Michigan, in the US, DuPont, also has multi-sector innovation centers in India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia and Brazil, and plans to open two more in Turkey and Geneva, Switzerland, by the end of the year.