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DuPont Automotive adds 8th Innovation Center near Detroit

Based in Troy, Mich., the new Center will focus on advancements that will increase automotive fuel economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on: 10/22/2012
Source: CompositesWorld

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DuPont Troy Innovation Center opening

At the DuPont's Troy Innovation Center's opening (left to right): Alexa Dembek, regional director DPP; Mike Day, DuPont Automotive; Michael Robinet, managing director IHS Automotive Consulting; Gary Rogers, president & CEO, FEV Inc.; Thomas Connelly, EVP & CIO, DuPont; Shana Weisberg, development specialist, DuPont; and Bill Weber, regional director, DPT. Source: DuPont

DuPont (Wilmington, Del.) recently opened its eighth Innovation Center inside its Automotive Development
Center in Troy, Mich. The new Center reportedly will provide an environment for collaboration with customers, government, academia and business partners. The Oct. 18 announcement emphasized that the Troy Innovation Center, according to DuPont, was intended to connect the company's Detroit-area customer base in the auto industry with 9,500 DuPont scientists and engineers around the globe.

“Auto customers’ expectations for energy efficiency and performance continually increase. The automotive industry must increase the rate at which new technologies are adopted,” said DuPont executive VP and chief innovation officer Thomas M. Connelly. “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.”

The opening ceremonies featured a panel of thought leaders which discussed how the multiple technologies designed to improve vehicle fuel economy and lower carbon dioxide emissions are changing valuechain relationships and demanding higher-performance materials. The panel, facilitated by Detroit, Mich.-based IHS Automotive Consulting managing director Mike Robinet, featured FEV Inc.'s (Auburn Hills. Mich.) president and CEO Gary Rogers; the Center for Automotive Research and Auto Harvest's chairman emeritus and CEO David Cole, as well as DuPont’s Connelly.

“The auto industry is developing a number of technologies that respond to customer desire for great efficiency and for even better driving experiences,"  said Connelly. "DuPont is responding with new materials that will meet the future needs of the industry. Our Troy Innovation Center is Detroit’s gateway to DuPont technology worldwide. This center will promote even closer collaboration with our partners in the auto industry.”

DuPont offers more than 100 materials and product families for the global automotive industry. Through its global application development network, DuPont is committed to collaborating with customers throughout the value chain to develop new innovations, materials, components and systems that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and protect people and the environment. For more information, visit automotive.dupont.com.

Notably, this is DuPont’s fourth Innovation Center focused on the automotive sector. The others are located in Pune, India; Seoul, Korea; and Nagoya, Japan. To learn more about DuPont’s innovation centers visit the Web site at www.innovationcenter.dupont.com.

In business since 1802, DuPont says it believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders, it can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://dupont.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?100122x1783032x-1690914.

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