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DuPont Will Build Automotive Paint Laboratory in Japan

Published on 2004-11-24. Author : SpecialChem

TOKYO, -- DuPont announced that it will build a $10 million laboratory in Japan to facilitate technical approvals for automotive coatings used by Japanese auto manufacturers worldwide and to support their home country assembly operations. The new facility, 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, the company's automotive coatings unit. "Our focus is on developing and harmonizing the latest coatings technology worldwide to meet the most demanding requirements for vehicle aesthetics and durability along with more environmentally friendly manufacturing," he said.

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. "As the auto industry in Japan develops new, sustainable technologies for vehicle efficiency, consumer satisfaction and safety, DuPont is well-positioned in the region and around the world to supply materials and technology know-how," said McQuade.

The laboratory will be established by DuPont and operated by DuPont Shinto Automotive Systems, a joint venture with Shinto Paint Company.

DuPont (NYSE: DD - News) is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

Source: DuPont

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