DuPont plans centre in Pune with automotive focus

DuPont India, an arm of the American chemical products maker du Pont de Nemours and Co, is planning it to set up a new innovation centre in Pune, to be opened by early next year.

The company, for which automotive parts technology is a major driver, plans to collaborate with automobile manufacturers on seven areas, including lightweight technology and safety aspects.

''The DuPont India innovation centre focus primarily on the automotive segment, working collaboratively with local partners, customers and other companies, DuPont president (South Asia) Balvinder Kalsi said on Thursday.

''In the automotive segment, it will work with automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and component and system manufacturers to support the fast-growing Indian automotive industry,'' said.

DuPont set up its first 'knowledge centre' in India in 2008, focussing on high-end research and applications development. The new centre would be one among four new global DuPont innovation centres in Asia Pacific. The other three centres are in South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

In India, DuPont is present in various business verticals including agriculture, nutrition, healthcare and electronics.