DuPont Annual Report 2013

A Science Company Focused on Market-Driven Innovation

DuPont has 44,000 global patents currently owned and pending, and more than $10 billion in revenue generated by products introduced since 2010.

Science is at the heart of our company – and our higher-growth, higher-value strategy. Throughout its 211-year history, DuPont has drawn on its scientific expertise to create a continual stream of innovative solutions for customers. From gunpowder to nylon, to DuPont™ Kevlar® aramid fibers, to DuPont™ Rynaxypyr® insect control, these science-based solutions have driven growth and created a unique competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Today, our science is helping to solve critical new problems – big problems on a global scale. As the world confronts serious challenges created by explosive population growth and economic development, DuPont’s 10,000 scientists and engineers are seeking the answers. Increasingly, our focus is on addressing large, profitable, secular growth markets, where demand is driven by the need to ensure there is sufficient, nutritious and healthy food for people across the globe; reduce our dependence on fossil fuels; and protect people and the environment.

Combining Science Expertise in Creative Ways

With a vast storehouse of scientific knowledge, DuPont is uniquely positioned to combine areas of scientific expertise to create new products – and entirely new markets. For example, our recent blockbuster DuPont™ Rynaxypyr®, used for crop protection, continues our legacy of innovation, giving our customers an edge in the marketplace. DuPont™ Kevlar® para-aramid fiber, the most trusted in the world because of its unique combination of strength and light weight, protects people in everything from body armor to car armor, and now it is being used in tough mining environments, to increase productivity in conveyor belts.

Big Science, Big Opportunities

Our breakthrough products are an early indication of what is possible when advanced biology is combined with our existing deep expertise in chemistry, engineering, and materials science. We are only beginning to tap the possibilities, and we view this as an area of major, long-term opportunity.

The next era of DuPont’s growth embraces this opportunity to deliver via our three strategic priorities:    

  • Agriculture & Nutrition: Extend our leadership position across the high-value, science-driven segments of the agriculture-to-food value chain.
  • Industrial Biosciences: Build transformational new businesses, based on our world-leading biotechnology capabilities.
  • Advanced Materials: Strengthen and grow our leading position in differentiated, high-value materials businesses, by leveraging new technologies.

Delivering new Solutions through Science

Across DuPont businesses, our science and R&D capabilities are continually delivering new solutions that drive value for customers. New products introduced between 2010 and 2013 have generated approximately $10 billion in 2013 revenue, and investments in science have resulted in a strong pipeline.