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; Homer Antoniadis, global technology director, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions; Peter Brenner, global photovoltaic marketing manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM); Conrad Burke, global marketing director, photovoltaics for DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Kerry Adams, European marketing manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials; John Voultos, business development manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Steven Willoughby, marketing manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials; Ted Zhi, textile market segment leader, DuPont Digital Printing.
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: A science company that develops a wide range of solutions for countless markets, DuPont is heavily involved in the ink industry, manufacturing OEM and textile inkjet inks as well as conductive inks and pastes for printed electronics. The company recorded sales of approximately $34.7 billion in sales in 2014, a decrease of 3% compared to 2013. Segment operating earnings of $6 billion increased 1% compared to 2013.
DuPont is in two growing ink markets. In digital inks, DuPont is a leading supplier of OEM inks for desktop printers, and also offers Artistri digital textile inks.
In October 2014, DuPont Digital Printing introduced its new DuPont Artistri Brite digital textile inks. These inks, which are manufactured in a DuPont ISO 9001 certified facility in Ft. Madison, IA, are designed to deliver greater color saturation and speed for advanced direct-to-garment (DTG) printing.
Printed electronics is another important growth area for DuPont. The company has made major inroads in the market for photovoltaics (PV). DuPont’s inks are being used for roll-to-roll screenprinting, flexo, gravure, photo-imaging, pad printing, inkjet and other processing techniques.
DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM), a segment of DuPont Electronics & Communications, is among the leaders in the conductive ink field. DuPont MCM formulates functional inks and metallization pastes for PV, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), biomedical sensors, flexible displays, electroluminescent (EL) lighting, membrane touch switches, printed batteries, RFID antennae, smart packaging, sensors, wearables and other printed electronic applications.
In November 2014, DuPont MCM introduced DuPont PE510, its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing. A cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks, DuPont PE510 is designed for certain types of antennae, membrane touch switch (MTS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), and consumer electronic applications.
DuPont MCM introduced stretchable electronic ink materials for use in smart clothing applications and other wearable electronics in December 2014.
“We believe that this new line of DuPont stretchable electronic inks can be used in wearable electronics applications to make clothing more capable and comfortable,” said Michael Burrows, segment manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. “Imagine how smart athletic wear could help contribute to healthier, more active lifestyles by continuously monitoring vital information such as heart and breathing rates, calories burned and even stress level.”