DuPont has opened the second phase of its China research and development (R&D) center, the company said on Monday.
With this expansion, the DuPont China R&D Center adds 17,500 square meters and will house an additional 150 researchers, focusing on new material applications in solar energy, bio-based materials and automotive materials and testing capabilities.
Science is the engine that drives DuPont," said CEO Ellen Kullman, who spoke at the opening ceremony. "Together with our partners, we are applying our vast range of scientific expertise and knowledge to address some of the worlds most complex challenges in the areas of food, energy and protection."
What distinguishes DuPont from other science companies is the depth and breadth of our expertise and how we connect our talent to help solve the challenges of the 21st century," she added. "Our integrated science today combines biological sciences with chemistry, materials science and engineering to drive new growth opportunities for the corporation and our customers."
The DuPont China R&D Center plays an important role in the companys global business strategy, according to DuPont officials, delivering innovative offerings to meet local market needs since its opening in 2005.
As one of the companys major R&D facilities outside the US, the China center currently provides technical expertise to customers in this region and globally for research, application development, training, technology transfer, and sales of DuPont technologies and products. This center also enables technological exchanges and research collaborations between DuPont and its partners including leading Chinese and Asian universities and research institutions.
We see greater potential for innovation in China since the government has been aggressively implementing the strategy of innovation-driven development at a faster pace," said Tony Su, president of the greater China region for DuPont. "As a science company, DuPont believes innovation is an inclusive process. With this expansion, we will be able to foster more collaboration with local governments, companies, academics and organizations in China to find science-based solutions for a sustainable future.
DuPont invested more than $2.1 billion in research and development in 2012 and has 150 R&D facilities around the world. The DuPont China R&D Center is located in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park of Shanghai, one of Chinas national level technical parks dedicated to high-tech start-ups and research organizations.
This expansion makes China a stronger link for the DuPont global science network, which consists of more than 150 research centers in 35 countries and over 10,000 scientists and engineers who are dedicated to using collective ingenuity to solve the most complex problems, said Guo-hua Miao, director and general manager of the DuPont China R&D Center.