Driven by Science: First DuPont Innovation Center in United States Facilitates Collaboration With Global Automotive Industry

Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:49am EDT

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TROY, Mich., Oct. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - DuPont opened its eighth Innovation Center inside its Automotive Development Center here today to provide an environment for collaboration with customers, government, academia and business partners. The Troy Innovation Center connects the Detroit-area customer base 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 Vice President 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 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 value-chain relationships and demanding higher-performance materials. The panel, facilitated by IHS Automotive Consulting Managing Director Mike Robinet, featured FEV, Inc., President and CEO Gary Rogers, Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research and Auto Harvest 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. DuPont is responding with new materials that will meet the future needs of the industry," said Connelly. "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

This is DuPont's fourth Innovation Center focused on automotive. The others are located in Pune, India; Seoul, Korea; and Nagoya, Japan. To learn more about DuPont's innovation centers visit our website at

DuPont (NYSE:DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we 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

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         Tara Stewart