New centers connect you to DuPont materials, science and application development



Expansions in India and China strengthen the ability of DuPont to help global automakers develop low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles that are affordable, safe and fun to drive.

Connected centers provide local access to the DuPont global science network, which consists of more than 150 research centers in 35 countries and over 10,000 scientists and engineers who are dedicated to using collective ingenuity to solve the most complex problems.


Application development facility opens at DuPont Knowledge Center in Hyderabad, India


In August, DuPont Performance Polymers opened an application development center on the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) campus in Hyderabad, India. DKC is a primary research and development center that serves all DuPont businesses with integrated science-based solutions derived from biology, chemistry and materials science.


“Integrated science is core to developing a portfolio of advanced-material solutions that can help the industry design and manufacture components and systems that today are lighter and stand up to more efficient powertrain systems and fit into tighter, more compact underhood compartments,” said Dave Donofrio, DuPont Automotive Performance Polymers global automotive industry director. “It is also core to developing materials that are manufactured using renewably sourced ingredients that replace petroleum-based materials.”


The new Application Development Center houses thermoplastic and elastomer processing and testing equipment and leverages existing analytic equipment shared with several DuPont science disciplines.


The center expands the site's capabilities to support predictive engineering, including computer-aided engineering (CAE), 3D surface computer-aided design (CAD), mold-flow, warpage, structural, impact and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) analysis. By connecting with DuPont scientists and engineers at key automotive-based laboratory sites in the United States and Europe, this new center can build on the current predictive engineering power of CAE capabilities with speed-to-market excellence.


“Materials are the core of our offering to the industry, but the application development process is how we work with customers to get ideas into the market cost effectively,” Donofrio said. “It is the engine of innovation for the polymers business, and centers like this drive the kind of collaboration that can help customers find more sustainable solutions.”


The new facility complements the manufacturing facilities in Savli, Gujarat and the DuPont India Innovation Center in Pune, which celebrated its second anniversary in August.


DuPont expands China Research & Development Center


In October, DuPont announced the opening of the second phase of its China Research and Development Center. With this expansion, the DuPont China R&D Center adds 17,500 square meters and will house an additional 150 researchers focusing on new material applications in automotive materials, solar energy, bio-based materials and testing capabilities.


The DuPont China R&D Center plays an important role in the company’s global business strategy, delivering innovative offerings to meet local market needs since its opening in 2005. As one of the company’s major R&D facilities outside the United States, the DuPont China R&D Center currently provides technical expertise to customers in this region and globally for research, application development, training, technology transfer and sales of DuPont technologies and products. This center also enables technological exchanges and research collaborations between DuPont and its partners, including leading Chinese and Asian universities and research institutions.


“This expansion will help more collaborations as a means of finding science-based solutions for a sustainable future,” said Donofrio, who leads the global automotive network from China. “We see greater urgency behind the need for adopting lightweight materials to help automakers improve fuel economy and lower emissions. We are investing in the science and the infrastructure to help us get there sooner.”


As a world-leading science company, DuPont invested more than $2.1 billion in research and development in 2012 and has 150 R&D facilities around the world. The DuPont China R&D Center is located in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park of Shanghai, one of China’s national-level technical parks dedicated to high-tech start-ups and research organizations.