DuPont Knowledge Center opens in Hyderabad
DuPont's First Integrated Knowledge Center outside the USA; To provide Basic
Discovery Research and Applications Development
Hyderabad|India|November'2008: DuPont officially opened the DuPont
Knowledge Center (DKC) in Hyderabad, India, seventeen months after breaking
ground last summer. Located on fifteen acres in the ICICI Knowledge Park in the
city’s “Genome Valley”, this newest DuPont Research & Development (R&D)
site houses a Biotechnology Lab, a Materials Research
Lab, an Applications Development Lab, a Global Engineering Design Center, and
The DuPont Knowledge Center brings together basic research,
applications development, engineering design, bioinformatics, patent
services, and many regional support services. Built on a “One DuPont”
concept, research at the site will focus on “integrated science” – unique
combinations of biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering - to
develop the company’s application pipeline in India and other emerging
“DuPont succeeds when we connect science and technology to the
marketplace,” said Uma Chowdhry, Senior Vice President and Chief Science &
Technology Officer. “We have seen time and again that we accelerate
revenue growth in a region when we augment our sales presence by
strengthening local technical expertise. Our goal is to develop products
to meet not only the needs of people in India but also the needs of
customers around the world,” Chowdhry said.
DuPont announced that it is investing over Rs 130 crores to construct
its first research and development center in India with focus on basic
research, product application development across all five of its business
growth platforms, and other knowledge services for global and local
markets. This will also house the company’s first Plant Biotech Research
Center outside the USA, the first integrated Plant and Industrial
Biotechnology center and the first Engineering center outside the USA.
Research is already underway for Pioneer® seeds, DuPont Crop Protection
and DuPont Applied BioSciences, including discovery research for the
DuPont-BP biobutanol advanced biofuels program.
“I am very optimistic about the opportunities for us and India's long
term growth potential,” said Balvinder S Kalsi, President and CEO, DuPont
India. “The DuPont Knowledge Center is a critical component of our growth
strategy and our investment in the DKC further demonstrates our commitment
to India. This will enable us to increase our ‘speed to market’ with
products that come out of our R&D and innovations pipeline, not only for
India but also for other growth regions, and help us in our mission to
become a billion dollar company,” Balvinder added.
“DKC’s value proposition is to develop sustainable solutions for India
and global markets by using ‘integrated science’ to create
commercial value,” says Homi Bhedwar, Director, DuPont Knowledge Center.
“We will have under one roof the key sciences such as organic, inorganic,
and polymer chemistry, biology, and materials science coupled with
engineering to create unique and commercializable solutions” added Homi.
In his video message, Chad Holliday, DuPont Chairman and CEO, said,
“The Knowledge Center is a very unique concept and is the first in DuPont.
To bring together different aspects of knowledge - from research to
design, to dealing with complex information sets - in one place so we
collapse the time and do things much faster much better. This will create
a competitive advantage for DuPont on a worldwide basis. The DKC
investment is aligned to our ‘emerging markets’ growth strategy and will
be an integral part of our continued growth in the Asia Pacific region.
The DKC puts our science in the backyards of some of our most important
customers and will increase our speed to market for new product
Home to more than 180 DuPont employees today, the DuPont Knowledge
Center is expected to accommodate more than 300 scientists and other
employees by next year. About 600 scientists, engineers and other
employees will eventually work out of the DKC once it is fully functional,
working closely with more than 5,000 scientists of DuPont located around
the world. The facility is designed in a manner that allows for future
The DKC is the sixth major DuPont R&D facility outside the United
States. DuPont has more than 50 R&D facilities throughout the world with
20 in the United States and more than 30 in 11 other nations. In addition
to the Central R&D at the DuPont Experimental Station at Wilmington, USA,
other major DuPont R&D facilities are located in Shanghai, China;
Utsunomiya, Japan; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Wuppertal, Germany and Meyrin,
Switzerland. DuPont invests an average of $1.3 billion annually on global
research and development in a diverse range of technologies for many
markets including agriculture, automotive, construction, electronics,
chemicals and industrial materials. Today, DuPont has more than 5,000
scientists and engineers around the world.
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