DuPont has innovation centers featuring polymers located in eleven strategic locations worldwide, including several focused on the automotive industry. Our goal is to collaborate with local and regional auto designers and manufacturers, to bring DuPont global material science solutions to local challenges, large and small.
Focused on Local Needs
Innovation centers featuring polymers are uniquely positioned to apply global knowledge to the specific challenges of local customers, from day-to-day application development to future-facing innovation.
The first key goal is to share innovative applications from around the world – whether it’s a way to integrate parts or use high performance polymers in new applications.
The second key goal follows logically from the first – developing specific applications based on the needs of local designers, part manufacturers and OEMs. DuPont relationships across the globe and down the value chain make the innovation center concept most unique and effective.
Capabilities vary, but innovation centers can potentially support collaboration on a wide range of needs, including: concept development, specifying, prototyping, engineering and manufacturing assistance and, depending on the area, close connections to DuPont labs and manufacturing facilities.
DuPont innovation center facilities are located in:
- Meyrin, Switzerland
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Moscow, Russia
- Nagoya, Japan
- Paulinia, Brazil
- Pune, India
- Bundang, Korea
- Troy, Michigan, US
- Mexico City, Mexico
- Hsinchu, Taiwan
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Johnston, Iowa, US
Focus on North America
The automotive dedicated innovation center in Troy, Michigan, offers capabilities intended to be global in scope, including:
- Collaboration space, with videoconferencing for real-time idea and knowledge exchange with more than 150 DuPont research laboratories and application development centers, and 9,500 DuPont scientists.
- Innovation kiosks with applications and concepts to stimulate new ideas to help solve challenges.
- An adjacent application development center for rapid prototypes, material testing and proof of concept.
The Center is focused on issues revolving around fuel economy and emission reduction requirements. As the demand for fuel efficiency and emissions reductions continue to grow, vehicle innovation timelines diminish. “DuPont R&D excels when we are able to collaborate with our customers. Our Innovation Center at Troy will accelerate introduction of new products and applications in support of the automotive industry,” said DuPont Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Thomas M. Connelly.
Focus Across Asia
With the fast-growing automotive market in Asia, DuPont has expanded its number of innovation center locations there. Since the Japan location opened in 2005, two new Asian innovation centers, in India, and Korea, have been established.
At each center, OEMs and suppliers can connect with our
global network of over 150 research laboratories and application development centers, and 9,500 scientists and engineers, to work on solutions to help meet critical challenges and increase the speed to market of those solutions.
Building Local Knowledge
Each center offers both an innovation and a collaboration space. The innovation space showcases the latest DuPont offerings and applications, and hosts educational seminars. OEMs and suppliers are able to visualize the possibilities for how DuPont can help them solve their specific challenges.
In the collaboration space, partners connect with DuPont scientists around the world via video conferencing. This space facilitates real-time knowledge exchange, to help nurture and deliver innovative solutions.
Creating New Applications
Some important applications that have developed through collaborations at Asian centers, include:
- Bio-sourced material from castor bean oil used to make a radiator end tank for Denso.
- DuPont™ Sorona® bio-PTT polymer for Toyota SAI trunk and interior fabrics, such as headliners, sun visors and trim.
- High-temperature nylon insulator parts for hybrid electric vehicles, including cable connectors and terminal connectors in the 2008 Toyota Prius.
- Four DuPont high-performance polymers and elastomers in the air intake system for a low-compression diesel turbo engine: DuPont™ Viton® synthetic rubber was selected for superior chemical resistance, DuPont™ Vamac® elastomer for high-temperature resistance, plus DuPont™ Zytel® and Zytel® HTN plastics for heat resistance and strength to withstand vibration welding.
- DuPont™ Zytel® HTN and Zytel® Glass reinforced plastics for a lightweight, affordable thermostat housing that withstands aggressive coolants, extreme thermal cycling, and humidity under the hood.
- DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber for automotive belts.
Focus On China
A new Innovation Center is planned to open in Shanghai in 2014. Meanwhile, OEMs will find integrated design and application development services at the DuPont China Research and Development Center in Shanghai, which has a design space and laboratories serving the industry on material development, prototyping, and parts performance and reliability testing.
To facilitate part and mold design optimization, the center is equipped with advanced software that provides:
- 3-D surface CAD (computer-aided design)
- Mold-flow, warpage, structural, impact and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) analysis
- Molding trial and process evaluation to help reduce cycle time
Using all of these services, DuPont can help support its customers in delivering solutions that address specific market needs. The centers provide the environment and technology to stimulate science collaboration, and facilitate knowledge exchange that results in helping to solve industry’s toughest challenges.
Focus on Europe: 3 new innovation centers opened in 2013
In Meyrin, Switzerland, just outside of Geneva, the European Technical Center has been at the forefront of research and technical innovation for more than 20 years. It houses a complete automotive and application and design innovation center, with both innovation and collaboration areas.
In Moscow and Istanbul, DuPont also has a diversified center, with a dedicated automotive and diversified industries sections linking back to our global materials science resources, labs and testing capabilities.