DuPont Introduces Japan Innovation Center

DuPont News, July 9, 2012
Minoru Amoh and Tom Connelly

DuPont recently announced the expansion of the DuPont Automotive Center (DAC) in Nagoya and renamed it the DuPont Japan Innovation Center.  The expansion and renaming reflects the substantially broader capability of the center to include other industries while keeping its focus on the automotive industry.

The DuPont Japan Innovation Center will create opportunity and space to display industry specific innovations, latest technology offerings and industry trends to stimulate customer dialogues.  It will work with local partners, connecting them through real-time video technology with the company’s global network of 9,500 scientists, chemists and engineers working in more than 150 research and development centers around the world. Through that network, the center will create a rich exchange of new ideas and an inclusive atmosphere that will lead to faster innovative solutions.

“We appreciate the needs and challenges facing our customers in targeted industries across Japan and are looking forward to collaborating with them to develop new and innovative solutions with this encompassing approach,” said Minoru Amoh, president of DuPont Kabushiki Kaisha (DKK).

“Our center in Nagoya has been very successful in serving our automotive customers, as well as customers in all of our industries.  This center served as a model that we extended around the world.  It provides an interactive place for our scientists and customers to create innovative solutions that meet the needs of industry,” said Tom Connelly, executive vice president and chief innovation officer.

The DAC has been serving customers and creating new business through collaboration in the automotive industry since 2005.  In the past six years, DAC has hosted more than 9,400 visitors and generated almost 370 new product innovations for automotive customers.

“It has been exciting to see the progress and development that took place in DAC in the past six and a half years,” Amoh said. “Our customers have globalized in order to meet local demands and needs.  With the connection of the Japan Innovation Center to the global network of innovation centers, we are committed to developing diversified global solutions through collaboration with them.”

DuPont has seven Innovation Centers around the world, with five in Asia and two in Latin America.  The company plans to expand the concept around the world to collaborate more closely with customers and partners.