News: DuPont strengthens its support for automotive customers in China
New facilities at the Shanghai R&D Center in China will enhance DuPont’s material property and part testing capability for automotive applications, including fatigue property, NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) and impact simulation testing under different environments. The center already provides customers with a one-stop service on new material development and selection, part design, prototyping and part evaluation. Later this year, the center will also strengthen its capability to support application development programs in the rapidly growing automotive market in China for safety, comfort and fuel efficiency. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, sales of all vehicles in China during 2009 rose 47 percent to 10.3 million. The expected increase this year is 10-20 percent.
“The investment in our automotive capabilities in China is the next stage of our vision to create a strong network of automotive development and support centers around the world, including those already established in Troy in the US, Meyrin in Europe and Nagoya in Japan,” comments Patrick Ferronato, Global Automotive Marketing Director at DuPont. “This network strengthens our ability to leverage, so that solutions to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, or to promote alternative energies, can be put to work more quickly and effectively.”
New solutions from DuPont Performance Polymers for the automotive sector include materials for lightweighting (cf. DuPont™ Zytel® PLUS), which translates to reduced fuel usage and carbon reduction, new materials to help bring safer, more energy-dense and cost-effective HEV- and PHEV-driven vehicles to market (cf. DuPont™ Zytel® HTN EF grades) and alternative-fuel resistant materials to help embrace new, more bio-based fuels (cf. DuPont™ Viton® and Vamac®).