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Pune, April 26

DUPONT has announced that it has signed a research agreement with the Pune-based National Chemical Laboratory (NCL).

Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont will have access to the talent and capabilities of NCL to grow new market-facing technologies.

NCL's first research project will be for DuPont Titanium Technologies, according to an official communication here on Monday.

The research agreement was signed by Dr S. Sivaram, Director, NCL, and Dr Thomas M. Connelly Jr, Senior Vice-President and Chief Science and Technology Officer, DuPont, at Wilmington, Delaware, US, on April 22.

"We are pleased to announce the signing of this agreement with National Chemical Laboratory of India," said Mr Connelly Jr.

"This move is consistent with DuPont's efforts to go where growth is and to globalise our R&D operations. It furthers DuPont efforts to open our innovation processes by incorporating the research capabilities and intellectual talent of India's top materials scientists. In addition, it will allow us to more clearly address the market needs of the region by providing geographic access."

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 27, 2005)
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