DuPont announced today that it is to construct a $15 million corporate research and development (R&D) facility near Shanghai to support growth in the Asia Pacific region.
Globally, DuPont has more than 75 R&D facilities with over 40 in the United States and more than 35 in 11 other nations. The Shanghai research and development (R&D) centre will be the third major research facility for DuPont outside the United States; the others are in Switzerland and Japan.
The Shanghai centre will accommodate up to 200 scientists and will include laboratories, offices and high-ceiling process bays for product application and development.
DuPont, Chinese, and Shanghai officials today joined more than 100 guests at the groundbreaking event in Zhangjiang High-Tech Park located in the Pudong New District near Shanghai. The facility is expected to open in early 2005.
‘The Asia Pacific region, especially China, provides unique growth opportunities for DuPont,’ said Chief Science and Technology Officer Thomas M. Connelly. ‘The new research and development centre has been specifically designed to meet the increasing demand of emerging DuPont technologies and products in the region.
‘The Shanghai centre will serve as a haven for developing new technology solutions through application development, knowledge transfer, technical collaboration and new product development, all contributing to DuPont’s growth in China and across the Asia Pacific region.’
The facility will also be the focal point for developing collaborative relationships with leading universities and scientific academies in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region.