Barley Mill Plaza, P30/2367
P.O. Box 80030
Wilmington, DE 19880
Phone: (877) 234-1794; (302) 992-4264
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 Innovalight; Kerry Adams, European business development manager – DuPont Microcircuit Materials; John Voultos, business development manager, 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: 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. The company recorded sales of approximately $35.7 billion in sales in 2013, an increase of 3% compared to 2012.
In terms of inks, DuPont is in two growing markets. In the digital ink market, DuPont is a leading supplier of OEM inks for desktop printers, and offers its Artistri digital textile inks.
The other important growth market is printed electronics. DuPont has made strong inroads in the solar market, with more than $1 billion in sales, including inks, in that field. DuPont’s inks are being used for roll-to-roll screen printing, flexo, gravure, photo-imaging, pad printing, inkjet and other processing techniques.
DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), a segment of DuPont Electronics & Communications, is a leader in the conductive ink field, developing functional inks and metallization pastes for photovoltaics (PV), organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), biomedical sensors, flexible displays, electroluminescent (EL) lighting, membrane touch switches, printed batteries, RFID antennae and other printed electronic applications.
In June, DuPont and Yingli Energy (China) Company Limited signed a new one-year, $100 million strategic agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Yingli China will purchase materials including DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes that help boost the power output of solar cells and DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride film that has been proven to protect solar panels even in the harshest environmental conditions.
In November, DuPont MCM announced that it is expanding its suite of low silver conductive ink materials specifically tailored for membrane touch switch (MTS), RFID and wearable electronic applications. The new products are DuPont PE825 and PE826, designed for MTS applications where cost is key; DuPont PE815 for RFID applications; and DuPont PE871 for wearable electronics applications that balance conductivity and washability.
“Because DuPont has been a leading supplier of advanced materials for the electronics industry for many years, we are in a unique position to address the needs of the rapidly growing printed electronics market,” said John Voultos, business development manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. “Last year we introduced the DuPont PE8XX offering to help address the rising cost of silver. Now we are continuing to demonstrate our leadership and focus in this space by expanding our offering to include four new products specifically designed for key applications within the industry.”