Inclusive Innovation in Action

DuPont News, January 30, 2013
European Technical Center (ETC) in Meyrin, Switzerland.

DuPont recently opened its 10th Innovation Center, the second center in EMEA. The Geneva Innovation Center is housed in the existing site of the European Technical Center (ETC) in Meyrin, just outside Geneva. It will provide a unique experience and environment for collaboration with customers, government, academia and business partners in Switzerland and across Europe.

Customers, academics and research partners, including senior leaders from major international companies, attended the opening ceremony along with DuPont leaders Mark Vergnano, executive vice president and Ian Hudson, president, EMEA.

“As a science company, we believe innovation is an inclusive process,” said Mark. “Connecting our scientists and customers in Geneva to our broader scientist network around the world will help accelerate the innovation rate, redefine existing products and open new market segments. Science-powered innovation is the engine that drives DuPont. Together with our partners, we are applying our vast range of scientific expertise and knowledge to address some of the world’s most complex problems in the areas of food, energy and protection.”

The Innovation Center is located within the ETC, which has been at the forefront of research and technical innovation for more than 20 years, focusing on application development for various industries, like automotive, cosmetics, industrial and food packaging, construction and sporting goods. The goal of the new Innovation Center is to leverage the power of DuPont’s global network and give customers access to DuPont’s 9,500 scientists and engineers around the world via interactive on-site and remote video conferencing. 

“Today more than ever, Geneva is playing a pivotal role in innovation for DuPont,” said Simone Arizzi, Science and Innovation EMEA director. “For more than 20 years, the ETC has been working on application development based on a collaborative approach. With the Geneva Innovation Center we are further expanding the innovation capabilities of the ETC by providing our customers easy access and effective links to DuPont’s scientists and engineers around the world.”