DuPont today announced plans to build a $10 million laboratory in Japan to facilitate technical approvals for automotive coatings used by Japanese auto manufacturers worldwide and to support domestic assembly operations.
The new facility, to be built in Aichi Prefecture, will open in the third quarter of 2005 and employ approximately 30 scientists.
“This new laboratory supplements the extensive network of DuPont technical facilities located in the Americas, Asia and Europe that serve our growing coatings business with Japanese auto manufacturers,” said Marty M. McQuade, vice president and general manager for DuPont Automotive Systems.
“Our focus is on developing and harmonising the latest coatings technology worldwide to meet the most demanding requirements for vehicle aesthetics and durability along with more environmentally friendly manufacturing, ” he added.
The new DuPont technical laboratory is intended to reinforce the company’s technical presence in Japan in support of worldwide supply agreements with Japanese automakers. The laboratory will be established by DuPont and operated by DuPont Shinto Automotive Systems, a joint venture with Shinto Paint Company.