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Innovation is the Chemical Industry’s Catalyst: Collaborate to Accelerate

DuPont, the American chemical manufacturer, recently opened a new innovation center in Mexico City that provides an environment for their customers and partners to connect with 9,500 DuPont scientists, chemists and engineers located in more than 150 technical centers around the world. DuPont Innovation Centers will allow fast growing countries to find solutions that matter in their communities, countries and regions, according to the press release.
Doug Muzyka, DuPont senior vice president and chief science and technology officer and former president, DuPont Mexico said:

“It is exciting to see the progress that has been made to address the needs of the people of Mexico by tapping into the richness of DuPont science. This new Innovation Center will help us develop new business opportunities both for local businesses and for DuPont.”

On the potential of collaborative innovation, Eduardo Wanick, president, DuPont Latin America and Jorge Cossío, president, DuPont México say respectively:

“The DuPont Mexico Innovation Center will provide a critical missing link in our ability to collaborate with direct and indirect customers and other innovators in Mexico. It will enhance our ability to put science to work to address the specific needs of society in Mexico and Central America.”

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“DuPont Innovation Centers will allow fast growing countries to find solutions that matter in their communities, countries and regions. “We are looking forward to helping our customers grow their business right here in Mexico. These centers are a new way of looking at innovation and collaboration to help our customers find solutions to their unmet needs so that new products can be developed and go to market faster.”

The Innovation Center in Mexico is part of the company’s global plan to create a worldwide network of innovation centers to develop new solutions together with our partners to address global needs.  In addition to Mexico, the company has Innovation Centers in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, India and Japan.

DuPont’s worldwide collaboratory outlook
In a previous article “Open Innovation in the Chemical Industry: DuPont & the Polymer Science Park Show Why“ on DuPont’s collaborative outlook, James Weigand, who oversees sustainability initiatives at DuPont, elaborated that it’s going to take a world of collaboration, openess and partnerships between companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations to be able to solve mega-issues such as fossil fuels dependency and feeding the planet.

The Innovation Center in Mexico is going to be part of a worldwide network of these Centers. Combine this with the involvement of external stakeholders and the need of social technologies to efficiently and effectively bring together all these people and expertise for the purpose of knowledge valorisation becomes clearer.

In that same article I outlined how social media and social technologies are open innovation and business accelerators. In relation to DuPont, they provide the infrastructure and environment for their customers and partners to connect with 9,500 DuPont scientists, chemists and engineers located in more than 150 technical centers around the world.

Innovation is catalyst
For the chemical industry, innovation is the catalyst for new products, production processes and business models. The industry will focus more and more on end (consumer) markets.

What do social technologies and –media bring forth in relation to the abovementioned?
Faster, better and cheaper market-driven innovations. Succesful products created by market pull that allows fast growing countries to find solutions that matter in their communities, countries and regions.