DuPont Teijin Films’ Global R&D and Innovation Center in the United Kingdom was recently honored with a visit from His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent. The Duke met employees and toured the Wilton site’s laboratories and semi-technical development line.
The visit underlined the Duke’s interest in industry and innovation and was in recognition of DuPont Teijin Films, recipient of three Queen's Awards for Enterprise in the innovation category in the past nine years. All three awards were for innovative developments of polyester film to meet challenging market requirements.
The first of these awards, in 2003, was for developments in the manufacture of bank and financial cards, toll cards, and security and identity cards. DuPont Teijin Films has played a significant role in the production of cards used in national identity schemes for countries around the world. In 2008, they won the award for Melinex® Lightblock films, an innovative material designed specifically for advertising media, banners and posters used in retail, business and exhibitions. The third, and most recent, Queen’s Award came in 2011 for the development of a range of polyester films for the photovoltaic market for use in solar panels and energy harvesting.
“The visit by The Duke of Kent was an honor and reflects the importance of our work,” said Wilton Site Manager John Purdy. “It is also an acknowledgement of DuPont Teijin Films’ contribution to the local and national economies. Innovation drives our business and is valued by our customers around the world.”