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The Miracle of Science. Stacy E. Wood Roanoke College April 3, 2001. Outline. History Areas of Research Economics Products Overview Products in Detail Future.

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The miracle of science
The Miracle of Science

Stacy E. Wood

Roanoke College

April 3, 2001


Outline
Outline

  • History

  • Areas of Research

  • Economics

  • Products Overview

  • Products in Detail

  • Future


History

1802 – Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours established the company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

1902 – Shareholders vote to sell and 3 great-grandsons buy and restructure the business

1909 – “Ex Station”’s responsibility grew from explosives to chemicals

1927 - $20,000 spent on “pure science” and fundamental research work

1938 – Modern materials revolution begins

1940s – DuPont products contribute to the WWII effort

1980s – DuPont invested over $80 billion in acquisitions

Today – “The New DuPont” invests over $1billion a year in R&D

History


Areas of research
Areas of Research company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

  • Chemical Sciences

  • Leveraged Technologies

  • Life Sciences

  • Materials Science & Engineering

  • Petroleum Engineering & Refining

  • Process Science

    & Engineering


Economics
Economics company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

  • More than 40 R&D labs

  • About 94,000 employees

  • Operate in 70 countries worldwide

  • 2000 Figures:

    • $2.3 billion in net income

    • $28.3 billion in revenue

  • Aim to double revenue growth and maintain productivity


Types of products

Agriculture company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

Dupont Biotechnology

Qualicon ™

Nylon Enterprise

Antron ®

Condura ®

Solarmax ™

Stainmaster ®

Supplex ®

Tactel ®

Performance Coatings

Automotive Finishes

Performance Coatings

Pharmaceuticals

DuPont Pharmaceuticals

Pigments & Chemicals

Dymel ®

Glycolic Acid

Oxone ®

Terathane ®

Ti-Pure ®

Tyzor ®

Vazo ®

Polyester Enterprise

Biomax ®

Coolmax ™

Supriva ®

Types of Products

  • Specialty Fibers

    • Aracon ®

    • Kevlar ® & Nomax ®

    • Tyvek ®

  • Specialty Polymers

    • Corain ®

    • Cyrel ®

    • Flat Panel Displays

    • Teflon ®


Teflon
Teflon ® company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

  • Accidentally discovered by Dr. Roy J. Plunkett in 1938

  • Lowest coefficient of friction of all known fibers

  • Excellent electrical insulator

  • Most chemically resistant fiber known

  • 1999 Revenue ~$1.5billion

  • Used in a huge array of products

  • Been described as “an example of serendipity, a flash of genius, a lucky accident…even a mixture of all three”


Kevlar
Kevlar ® company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

  • Developed in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek & Herbert Blades

  • Properties –

    • Lightweight

    • High tensile strength

    • Chemical resistant

    • Flame resistant

  • Uses –

    • Protective apparel, defense, belts/hoses, friction products, tires, ropes, and many, many more


  • Glycolic acid
    Glycolic Acid company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

    • Functions as an alcohol and a moderately strong acid

    • Excellent properties for multiple applications

    • DuPont has been the leading supplier of glycolic acid worldwide for over 50 years


    Biomax
    Biomax ® company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

    • Hydro/biodegradable polyester resin

    • Harmless to the environment at every stage of decomposition

    • Applications:

      • Paper coating

      • Thermoformable products

      • Films for food packaging


    Future
    Future company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

    • DuPont’s Vision Statement:

      • “We, the people of DuPont, dedicate ourselves daily to the work of improving life on our planet.”

      • “We have the curiosity to go farther…the imagination to think bigger… the determination to try harder… and the conscience to care more.”


    Questions
    Questions? company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder