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DuPont China: Committed to Sustainable Growth

Published on 2007-07-23. Author : SpecialChem

The first DuPont transaction with China dates back to 1863, when the company sold explosives to the Qing Dynasty. DuPont China has been growing at an annual average rate of 17 percent in the last five years, with sales increasing from about USD 500 million in 2001 to over USD 1.5 billion in 2006. The growth was due primarily to the following DuPont businesses: Engineering Polymers, Electronics, Titanium Technologies, Performance Coatings and Packaging & Industrial Polymers. DuPont products and services have served in various sectors including chemicals, agriculture, food and nutrition, electronics, textiles, automotive, personal protection and safety.

Starting with its first wholly-owned multi-business facility in Shenzhen, South China, in 1988, DuPont today has 36 entities, among which 18 are wholly-owned enterprises. The DuPont R&D Center located in Shanghai is the company's third major research facility outside of the U.S. The Engineering Polymer Technical Center and the Teflon® Regional R&D Center in Shenzhen also play important roles in DuPont meeting customer needs.

2015 Sustainability Goals Asia Launch in Beijing
2015 Sustainability Goals Asia Launch in Beijing

DuPont investment in China exceeds USD 700 million and is expected to reach USD 1.2 billion by 2010. DuPont has plans to expand its investments, including: adding more production lines in at the Shenzhen site; establishing an integrated production base for Fluoroproducts in Changshu at Yangtze River Delta; and building a world-class titanium dioxide plant in Dongying.

Milestones

Changshu Site Grand Opening
Changshu Site Grand Opening
  • 1863 DuPont China receives the first order from Qing Dynasty.
  • 1919 DuPont opens an office in Shanghai.
  • 1920 DuPont establishes offices in Guangzhou, Nanjing and Beijing.
  • 1976 DuPont opens an office in Hong Kong.
  • 1988 DuPont establishes China Holding Company Limited in Shenzhen.
  • 1992 First agricultural chemicals production (a joint venture in Shanghai).
  • 2005 DuPont opens R&D Center in Shanghai.
  • 2005 Dongying city government signs project agreement with DuPont, a milestone on the path toward construction of a world-class titanium dioxide plant in China.
  • 2006 DuPont breaks ground for the second Performance Coatings facility that will develop China into a regional multi-business and multi-functional coatings center.
  • 2006 Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, forms its second joint venture to provide top-performing corn hybrids to Chinese farmers in the spring market.

Source: DuPont


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