DuPont senior vice president and chief science and technology officer Douglas Muzyka and Singapore Economic Development Board managing director Yeoh Keat Chuan officially opened the centre during the inauguration event.
“DuPont is deeply committed to scientific innovation. The co-location of business leaders with scientists and engineers at the DuPont Singapore ASEAN headquarters will enable us to deliver solutions for the region and the world more rapidly than ever before,” said Mr Muzyka.
“The growth of ASEAN is prompting companies to consider how they can better organise themselves to effectively serve the region,” said Mr Yeoh. “Singapore’s strong interdisciplinary research capabilities, connectivity and understanding of ASEAN enable companies like DuPont, who co-locate their commercial and innovation functions, to accelerate the development of solutions and get to market faster.”
DuPont Asia Pacific president Tony Su said DuPont’s growth in ASEAN reflects the company’s commitment to applying its technology and engineering in the rapidly developing region. “DuPont’s footprint in ASEAN began 43 years ago in Singapore and we now have eight offices and 13 production plants for various businesses throughout the region,” Mr Su said. “This opening reaffirms our focus on the ASEAN, one of the key growth regions for DuPont in Asia.”
The 11,000-square meter headquarters will house the administrative offices of DuPont businesses in agriculture and nutrition, bio-based industrials and advanced materials, as well as nutrition and health laboratories.
ASEAN is an increasingly important economic region for DuPont that has delivered consistent growth for the company; the region is home to a rapidly expanding consumer and knowledge base.