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DuPont Positions Itself for Long Term Growth

by the Fish Site Editor
03 June 2008, at 1:00am

NEW YORK, US - At an investors conference here today, DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr., said the company is accelerating growth through DuPont innovation that addresses global macro trends related to food, safety and security, and renewable energy.

DuPont is a market-driven science company, Holliday said at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference. The very core of our competitive advantage is scientific discovery and new product innovation. We have aligned our technical capability with key external trends to drive growth faster.

Science has the potential to help feed the world, provide safer and more secure lives for people everywhere, and address global energy challenges, Holliday added. DuPont is pursuing science-based solutions that meet customer and market needs, while providing value for our shareholders and society in general.

Holliday noted that global population growth is the common denominator driving both needs and demand in the areas of agricultural productivity, safety and security, and renewable energy. According to the United Nations, the worlds human population has grown from about 2.5 billion in the mid-20th Century to more than 6.5 billion today, with projections rising to an estimated 9 billion people by 2050.

Agricultural Productivity. To accommodate the rising demand for food and dietary protein by the worlds population between now and 2025, global food production will need to double on virtually the same amount of land currently in production, Holliday said.

DuPont, one of the largest producers of corn seed in the world, is using biotechnology to develop insect-resistant hybrids to improve productivity, quality and yield and to accelerate breeding step changes and rate of genetic gain. We have a rich pipeline of new products under development to enhance yield and nutrition through science, and we are well-positioned in key global markets as more countries adopt biotech seed, Holliday said.

Safety and Security. The companys safety expertise and highly differentiated product offerings position it well to service the basic need for people to feel safe and secure at home, at work and at play. Capacity expansions are under way to meet strong global demand for products such as DuPont Kevlar and Nomex, Holliday said.

Renewable Energy. As economies modernize in emerging markets, the demand for hydrocarbon resources is increasing dramatically, further contributing to climate change and other environmental impacts. We need to rethink the way we source and use energy and work to minimize the amount of carbon we put into the atmosphere, Holliday said.

He noted that DuPont is anticipating increased demand for renewable energy sources by developing products and technologies for photovoltaics and advanced biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol -- a next generation biofuel produced from non-food sources.

Holliday said DuPonts sales into photovoltaics within five years will be over $1 billion up from about $300 million today. He noted that DuPont and Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, announced an agreement earlier this month to form DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC, a 50/50 global joint venture to develop and commercialize the leading, low-cost technology solution for the production of cellulosic ethanol to address a $75 billion global market opportunity.

the Fish Site Editor