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: $175 million (Ink World estimate).
Major Products: Digital inks and digital printing systems; conductive inks and pastes for printed electronics.
Key Personnel: David B. Miller, president, DuPont Electronics & Communications; William F. Feehery, global business director, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions; Homer Antoniadis, global technology director, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions; Peter Brenner, global marketing manager, Photovoltaics for DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Conrad Burke, general manager and founder, DuPont Innovvalight; Kerry Adams, European business development manager – DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Scott Gordon, market segment manage, DuPont Microcircuit Materials.
Key Locations: Worldwide operations; in the U.S., headquarters and R&D facilities in Wilmington, DE. DuPont MCM’s headquarters are in Research Triangle Park, NC.
Comments: With nearly $38 billion in sales in 2011, DuPont is a science company that develops a wide range of solutions for countless markets, including inkjet inks and conductive inks and pastes for printed electronics.
In the digital ink market, DuPont is a leading supplier of OEM inks for desktop printers, and offers its Artistri digital textile inks.
DuPont has made strong inroads in the solar market, with more than $1 billion in sales, including inks, in that segment. DuPont’s inks are being used for roll-to-roll screen printing, flexo, gravure, photo-imaging, pad printing, inkjet and other processing techniques. In July 2011, DuPont acquired Innovalight, Inc., a Sunnyvale, CA-based specialist in advanced silicon inks and process technologies that increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells.
DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), a segment of DuPont Electronics & Communications, has been in the forefront in the conductive ink field, developing functional inks and metallization pastes for photovoltaics (PV), organic light emitting diodes (OLED), biomedical sensors, flexible displays, electroluminescent (EL) lighting, membrane touch switches, printed batteries, RFID antennae and other printed electronic applications.
In December, DuPont MCM launched a new series of screen printed conductive ink materials for the printed electronics market, designed to offset the rising cost of silver. DuPont PE8XX series conductive inks can provide low resistivity with 20% or more potential cost savings for manufacturers.
DuPont PE8XX conductive ink materials are designed for use with standard thermal curing techniques and for photonic curing equipment such as the NovaCentrix PulseForge and Xenon Sinteron tools. Materials in the PE8XX series are suitable for use in printed electronics applications such as membrane switches, RFID, electroluminescent lighting and other emerging applications including flexible displays. They also can be customized for other specialized applications.
In April 2012, DuPont MCM launched DuPont Solamet PV416 photovoltaic metallization, a new frontside silver paste material used to raise the efficiency of thin film photovoltaic cells.
In February, The Carlyle Group L.P. completed its acquisition of DuPont Performance Coatings for $4.9 billion. As a result, the company is being renamed Axalta Coating Systems. Axalta serves more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries and provides customers with a full range of coating systems.