DuPont Performance Polymers (DPP) and Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. (Chery) recently showcased how collaboration between a material supplier and an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) facilitate future car developments at a key automotive conference in Shanghai.
The China Plastics in Automotive Conference provided a platform for industry leaders to discuss issues impacting the China auto market. In a joint presentation, DuPont and Chery highlighted collaborations around the use of lightweight materials and renewably sourced materials, which matched perfectly with the direction of the China government.
“We are glad to deliver this joint presentation with Chery on addressing challenges, collaborating solutions and driving innovations,” said Woong Chung, manager - global technical services, DPP. “DPP is committed to working closely with customers on design optimization, metal replacement and new technology applications by using our expertise in material science and processing know-how. More importantly, we are exploring solutions with customers for everyday challenges.”
“In recent years, we have started more intensive R&D efforts. Collaborations such as the Chery-DuPont Joint Laboratory that started in 2010 has helped manufacturers experiment with new materials at an early stage, and material suppliers, such as DuPont, understand OEM requirements,” said Weijian Sun, chief engineer of Vehicle Engineering and Testing and director of Material Engineering, Chery. “China government is emphasizing development of fuel efficient and electric vehicles, thus creating demand for lightweight materials in automobiles. We would like to work with world-class organizations to make the best possible product.”
Chery and DuPont established a joint laboratory in August 2010, which has been an important platform to leverage capabilities on new products and technologies for application development.
China Plastics in Automotive 2012 drew more than 100 high-profile participants and 14 presenters examining China’s fast-growing auto market and what the role of materials could play in it.