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DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) announces that it will extend its existing partnership with the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) to a “Premium Partnership” and for the first time ever will co-locate its research activities on the RWTH Aachen University campus. The AZL is one of the university’s more than 260 institutes.
The decision to co-locate at AZL is part of DuPont’s ongoing commitment to collaborative research with academic institutions and industry partners with a view to matching market needs with commercially viable innovation. As the pioneer of polymer science with a legacy in innovation, DuPont uses science to create breakthrough solutions to address major societal challenges such as light-weighting. DuPont is a founding partner of AZL, which was launched in 2012 to meet the increasing demand for mass production of lightweight, highly stable, chemically resistant components, mainly used for transportation-related applications. Co-locating on the RWTH Aachen University campus will give DuPont Performance Materials better access to the work of AZL research partners such as the world renowned Plastics Processing Institute (IKV). It will also foster further collaboration and ideas generation with other companies based on site.Co-location is an emerging collaboration model of increasing strategic importance. It deliberately brings together academic and industry research in a dedicated space to stimulate bigger and broader breakthroughs from a commercial, technological and human perspective that go beyond what can be achieved through traditional bilateral projects.More information: www.dupont.com