DuPont last month announced the opening of three Centers of Excellence for vehicle electrification. Officials said that these technology centers, located in Europe and China and supported by other global R&D and technical service centers, will support ongoing developments in battery safety, thermal management and e-powertrain efficiency.
Earlier this year, DuPont announced plans to invest $5 million into a pair of European facilities — in Schkopau, Germany, and Freienbach, Switzerland — to increase capacity of bonding adhesives and thermal management products for electric vehicles. The firm also disclosed plans to build a $30 million manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China, for EV vehicle materials.
In March, DuPont acquired specialty products maker Laird Performance Materials for $2.3 billion in cash. Cleveland-based Laird is a major supplier of electromagnetic shielding and thermal management products. Plastics-related products made by Laird include gaskets, tapes, foams and microwave absorbers. The firm employs more than 4,300 at 11 global sites and posted sales of $465 million in 2020.
DuPont is a major global producer of specialty chemicals and plastics, including nylon resin. The firm posted sales of $20.4 billion in 2020.