DuPont opens integrated knowledge centre in Hyderabad

DuPontDuPont recently opened a 15-acre DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) in India located in the ICICI Knowledge Park in the Hyderabad’s Genome Valley. It will house a biotechnology centre, materials research centre and global engineering design centre, thus making it the first integrated knowledge centre and sixth major R&D facility outside the US.

DuPont‘s 2007 net sales in Asia Pacific stood at $ 5.18 billion while India showed an average of 25 per cent annual growth rates. DKC brings together basic research, applications development, engineering design, bioinformatics and patent services to serve the Asia Pacific region, a key growth market for the company.

Hyderabad-based DKC is expected to accommodate more than 300 scientists and other employees by 2009. At full capacity, about 600 scientists, engineers and other employees will work at the DKC. DKC research will use the DuPont integrated science approach of creating valuable products and technologies using unique combinations of biology, chemistry, materials science, engineering and other science disciplines to further develop the company‘s application pipeline.

The project took 17 months for realisation after company‘s announcement in 2007 about plans to construct its first research and developmentĀ  centre in India. Other major DuPont R&D facilities are located in Wilmington, Del.; Shanghai, China; Utsunomiya, Japan; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Wuppertal, Germany and Meyrin, Switzerland.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 30th March 2009

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