Serves Growing China Automotive Market, Strengthens Global Collaboration Network
SHANGHAI, China, April 25, 2011 – DuPont today announced the opening of the DuPont Automotive Center to provide “one-stop” design and application development services for the rapidly growing China automotive market.
Located at the DuPont China Research & Development Center in Shanghai, the facility further enhances the network of global automotive application development centers designed to strengthen the industry’s ability to collaborate on ways to reduce dependence of fossil fuel. Developing markets – including China – represented 32 percent of DuPont’s total sales in 2010. Sales in developing markets grew 30 percent in first quarter 2011.
“Technology and materials will be critical to the continuous development of the automotive industry in China,” said Tony Su, president of DuPont Greater China at the opening ceremony of the center. “This new automotive center provides a platform for our customers to access the integrated capabilities of our company and allows us to collaborate more closely with our customers to address challenges as well as growth opportunities in the automotive market.”
The DuPont Automotive Center contains three functional laboratories, encouraging collaboration with experienced application-development teams from DuPont’s businesses and drawing from more than 100 innovations and products to develop new ideas for safer, more fuel-efficient and more comfortable vehicles.
“This is a pivotal time in the automotive industry. With more than 3 billion vehicles forecast to be on the road by 2035 – many of which will be made and sold in China – congestion, emission, passenger and pedestrian safety are paramount,” said Diane H. Gulyas, president – DuPont Performance Polymers. “We, as an industry, must move faster to implement new technologies for the benefit of our environment, for ourselves and for future generations. We can only meet this challenge by working together on science-powered innovation to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy and vehicle safety while meeting consumer demands.”
DuPont (www.dupont.com) is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.