Top Companies Report

7. DuPont Digital Printing


Barley Mill Plaza, P30/2367
P.O. Box 80030
Wilmington, DE 19880-0030
Phone: (877) 234-1794;
(302) 992-4264
Fax: (302) 892-5609
Sales: $150 million (Ink World estimate)

Major Products: Digital inks and digital printing systems; conductive inks and pastes for printed electronics.

Key Personnel: Frank Dotterer, global business manager – Digital Printing Systems; Marco Torri, global sales manager for DuPont Digital Printing; Craig Oliver – European business manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. Peter Brenner, global marketing manager, photovoltaics - DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Robert Cockerill, thin film photovoltaic marketing manager – DuPont Microcircuit Materials. 

Number of Employees: More than 300 worldwide.

Key Locations: Worldwide operations; in the U.S., R&D facilities in Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA; manufacturing plants in Iowa, New York and Pennsylvania. Customer service and warehousing in Asia, Europe and North America.

Comments: Noted for its innovative products, DuPont has developed leading positions in inkjet printing as well as the rapidly growing field of printed electronics.

DuPont Digital Printing is the leader in ink manufacturing worldwide for desktop printers, supplying many of the leading home printer OEMs. The company also is active in textile inkjet printing; its DuPont Artistri product portfolio, a fully integrated digital printing system complete with equipment, software and ink. The inks range from pigment, acid dye, disperse dye or reactive dye. 

The DuPont Artistri systems are used in a range of applications, including printed textiles, apparel, home furnishings, gaming table covers, flags and banners, soft signage and trade show displays.

Conductive inks and metallization pastes are another area of interest at DuPont. In September, DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), part of DuPont Electronic Technologies, introduced its DuPont Solamet PV412 photovoltaic (PV) metallization paste, the latest in a line of silver conductor materials specifically developed for thin film PV technologies. 

DuPont collaborated with Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer of flexible thin-film solar modules, as it developed Solamet PV412, a PV metallization paste designed for use on devices where a transparent conductive oxide is utilized. It is ideal for use with copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), amorphous silicon (a-Si) on flexible substrates, and heterojunction with intrinsic thin layers (HIT) PV cells.

DuPont Solamet PV173 photovoltaic (PV) metallization paste, also introduced in September 2009, is a new lead-free front side material for crystalline silicon solar cells.