2013 Issue 1: Collaboration—The Key To Market Success

Collaboration—the key to success



Rene GarzaInnovation is the lifeblood of many industries ... it has to be. With the modern end user—both consumer and commercial—being challenged with so many choices, companies have to remain agile enough to either keep up with the very latest demands and trends or, even better, create the next market sensation.

The issue with manufacturing agility is that you have to operate using lean principles, optimizing both your people and your processes. This means certain tradeoffs have to be made. In many instances, one of these tradeoffs is the ability to call upon enough in-house expertise for everything relating to your product. It is for this reason that many companies are now becoming more reliant on formal and structured collaboration with their suppliers, in order to best exploit their skills and knowledge.


In this issue of Engineering Design we look at the growing market for handheld devices. We've had the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age; but this is, without a doubt, the Plastic Age—thanks to the incredible demand for engineering plastics for smaller, more lightweight and increasingly more robust handheld and mobile devices.


As a major supplier to many of the world's leading electronic and electrical brands, DuPont has an incredible array of expertise, durable materials and technologies and has led the industry in the collaborative development of contemporary devices for both consumers and industry.


Collaboration with DuPont gives manufacturers the peace of mind that they do not need significant in-house expertise; instead they can call upon an impressive array of application development experts and scientists who are specifically geared toward helping customers find the best possible solution for their engineering projects.


The support from DuPont doesn't just end at the end of the design process either. In the case of the IXOW story in this issue, not only did we help with the plastics selection and the design of innovative new bicycle equipment, but we also offered ongoing support and advice to the three third-party molders tasked with manufacturing the plastic components.


Committed to working with customers throughout the world, DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) collaborates with them to develop new products, components and systems that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and protect people and the environment, and is always eager to share the latest market-driven innovations. Established as an industry leader in high-performance, renewably sourced and sustainable polymers, DPP is committed to continuous improvement manufacturing with a broad and rapidly expanding portfolio of products.


Trade shows have always been a unique opportunity to connect with customers, and this year DuPont is attending and exhibiting at three of the world’s largest events, including the 60th anniversary of the K Show.


In all instances, DuPont is showcasing its commitment to market-driven innovation in material science and applications development by collaborating with customers across the globe. These collaborations help address regulatory compliance, with the intent to help protect people and the environment.


You may have found us exhibiting at two large global trade shows. Chinaplas took place from May 20-23 and Feiplastic (formally known as Brasilplast) from May 20-24.


Look for us at the K Show, one of the world’s premier plastics and rubber trade shows, in Dusseldorf, Germany, from October 16-24, in Hall 06, Stand C43. We hope to see you there!



DuPont at Feiplastic.
DuPont at Chinaplas.
DuPont at K Show.