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DuPont launches innovation center in India

August 31, 2011

New center will service the fast-growing automobile industry.

DuPont announced the official opening of the India Innovation Center in Pune. DuPont India Innovation Center is a forward-looking initiative by the global science-based company to expand its strategic footprint to fuel local collaboration in support of India's fast growing automotive industry.

DuPont India Innovation Center's primary focus is on the automotive segment; and it acts as a collaborative platform for automotive OEMs and component and system manufacturers to come together to support the Indian automotive industry. The center's goal is to partner for science-powered solutions that fuel innovation and application development together with customers and partners.

"The Collaboration Space in the center provides an environment for our customers and partners to connect real time with our team of 9,500 DuPont scientists, chemists and engineers located in 100 R&D and technical centers around the world," said Balvinder Singh Kalsi, president, South Asia, DuPont. "Leveraging the power of DuPont global network, we can work with our customers and partners to meet the needs of the fast expanding Indian automotive industry."

India is one of the world's fastest growing automotive markets in the world. Hence, it can be both a challenge and an opportunity to develop products and solutions in areas of sustainability, lightweight, improved performance, alternative drive, safety, and comfort and design.

"Technological collaboration is the key to addressing growth in the automotive segment and this is the approach all auto manufacturers take the world over," said Amandeep Singh Cheema, business leader, DuPont Performance Polymers, India, and project leader for DuPont India Innovation Center. "The opening of our Innovation Center is an important step towards DuPont staying focused on the demands of our customers and partners in India for new technology innovations that are required to support their growth plans."

The DuPont India Innovation Center is one among four new global DuPont Innovation Centers in Asia Pacific. The other three centers in Asia Pacific are located in South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Taiwan focuses on the electronics and communications markets, and Thailand's center will be working on programs around renewable energy initiatives and products. Other centers in Latin America, Europe and North America are in the planning pipeline.

"The DuPont approach is to be a global collaborative partner offering innovative solutions to meet growing needs of the Industry," said Diane Gulyas, president for DuPont Performance Polymers. "We are committed to leading collaborative and inclusive innovations to respond to challenges facing the world today. Collaboration is the driving force behind establishing the country focused Innovation Centers."