25 June 2013 17:23 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont on Tuesday opened a new innovation centre for food, agriculture and energy value chains in Iowa, the US-based sciences and chemicals major said.
The 3,500 square-foot (325 square-metre) centre at Johnston near Des Moines will help DuPont in finding solutions to "the world’s big challenges of feeding and protecting a growing global population and reducing reliance on fossil fuels", said CEO Ellen Kullman.
"The DuPont Johnston Innovation Center provides a unique environment for collaboration among more than 10,000 DuPont scientists and engineers with customers, government officials, academics and business partners around the world," Kullman added.
Financial details were not disclosed. Johnston is DuPont’s 12th innovation centre worldwide.
Kullman added that DuPont's Pioneer division is scheduled to break ground on a new research facility in Johnston in autumn. In addition, DuPont is investing more than $200m (€153m) at a commercial cellulosic ethanol production facility in Iowa, she said.
($1 = €0.76)
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