DuPont China Goes West

DuPont News, August 20, 2012
Opening Ceremony
(left to right): Mark Vergnano, executive vice president, shakes hands with Mr. Hong Wei, executive vice governor of Sichuan, at the opening ceremony.
(left to right): DuPont AP R&D Technology Director Harold Snyder and Sichuan University Vice Principal Li Guangxian sign collaboration agreement.

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DuPont China announced last week the official opening of a new branch office in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province in southwest China.  Executive Vice President Mark Vergnano and President for DuPont Greater China Tony Su were joined by senior government officials and hundreds of guests from local partners for a grand opening ceremony.

The opening marked another milestone for DuPont as it echoed China’s “Go West” strategy, which encouraged more collaboration with local partners to help boost the economic development in western China.

During the ceremony, DuPont also sealed a cooperative partnership with Sichuan University to jointly develop better flame-retardant polymers for safer and more reliable 3C (computer, communications and consumer electronics) products.

“DuPont has been growing rapidly in this area in recent years because of the favorable business environment and support provided by the Sichuan government,” Mark said. “The new branch office is expected to provide better support to local industries, customers and business partners, as well as to our future business growth and people development in the western part of China.”

“We welcome DuPont’s presence in Chengdu,” said Chengdu Vice Mayor Mr. Gang Bai.  “I expect this move will bring about closer cooperation between DuPont and local players to deliver more innovative technologies and products.”

Representatives of key local customers also expressed strong interest in working with DuPont.

Sichuan Province, historically known as the "Land of Abundance," is a region with rich history and vibrant culture. Over the years, Chengdu, its capital city, has emerged as one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centers in western China.  According to a recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Chengdu was named as one of the 13 emerging megacities or megalopolises of the country.