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Interaction-Manish Mishra (Sales Manager, Dupont Protection Solutions - Surfaces), E. I. Dupont India

India’s a strategic market for DuPont’s science-based solutions


DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.MANISH MISHRA (SALES MANAGER, DUPONT PROTECTION SOLUTIONS - SURFACES), E. I. DUPONT INDIA Pvt Ltd responded to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES queries on his company and its benefits of its product and services.



Briefly take us through the journey of DuPont India and the company’s contributions to the development of sustainable products which enhance India’s construction projects?

DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services for more than 213 years. Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and inventions every year serving diverse industries across 90 countries. As one of the world’s fastest growing economies with a compelling demographic advantage and availability of high-quality talent, India is a strategic market for DuPont. DuPont is bringing science-based construction materials and solutions for public and urban infrastructure in India that helps enable safer, stronger, more durable and energy efficient construction. We work with engineers, architects, construction companies, residential and commercial builders, general contractors, and their teams to help determine the best, highest performing solutions that meet the unique needs of diverse infrastructure projects.



Could you talk of DuPont’s products used in the infrastructure, construction and realty sectors?

DuPont is meeting the demands of designers, architects and engineers to create efficient, sustainable and modern spaces for a vibrant lifestyle. At DuPont, we are addressing these needs by delivering advanced materials and solutions for the building & construction industries – solid surfaces that can be thermoformed and used for interior and exterior cladding, safety laminates that make glass stronger, advanced materials that help increase energy efficiency, and solutions that improve the overall safety, durability, performance and aesthetics. And we do this in local collaboration with builders and construction companies, designers, architects, engineers and fabricators. The idea of solid surface was born in 1963, conceived by a group of engineers and researchers from the DuPont Chemical Company. Dr. Donald Hillman Slocum recognised as the Father of Solid Surface dreamed of a totally solid, non-porous material with colour and pattern consistency, with no chance of air bubbles and staining. With this idea, DuPont produced its first sheets of solid surface in 1964 and named it Corian®. DuPont™ Corian® is an innovation through beauty, colour and depth. It is synonymous with strength, purity, reliability and performance. Above all, it is inspiration – a maverick, seamless material that can transform any space, whether for interiors or exteriors, through unlimited possibilities. Corian® brings personality to virtually any type of environment, enhancing and facilitating the lives of those who use and enjoy its unique potential. Crafted into almost anything, in any place, for any purpose and in a wide palette of colours, it offers the freedom to design, explore and create. Long-lasting, hygienic, durable and elegant, DuPont™ Corian® has a three-dimensional formability that has been liberating inventive and artistic minds for over 46 years.



Very specifically what is the material advantage offered by the Corian® range of products in refining aesthetics and the overall structural appeal of any project?

Designed for modern living, Corian® gives a home the attention it deserves. It provides the freedom to create inspired interior designs. It’s simply an ideal material for bringing one’s ideas to life in a way that’s all your own. First, its warm and inviting - It’s not hard or cold to touch, like many stone surfaces. It blends beautifully with other materials, whether metallic tiles, translucent glass, stone etc. Corian® solid surface comes in a matte finish for a soft, subtle effect; however, it is also available in more lustrous semi-gloss and gloss finishes. Corian® is incredibly durable – it is tough and long lasting so it stands up to heavy use. It has superb UV resistance so it won’t fade when exposed to direct sunlight. It’s really easy to clean – Corian® is non – porous, so it resists stains. It doesn’t need to be polished or sealed. Corian® cleans up quickly with a damp towel – and if needed, common household cleaning products. Corian® is a family friendly surface – Unlike Granite, Corian® is NSF/ANSI 51 certified to the highest level for use in commercial kitchens as a work for food contact, for all food types. Because Corian® is non-porous, bacteria and dirt have nowhere to hide, making it a family-friendly surface that’s easy to clean and maintain. Corian® is renewable – Since the color runs all the way through, marks and scratches can be removed easily to restore it to its original condition. It’s a smart investment – worktops of Corian® are both durable and renewable- a wise choice that will last for years. Materials that perform beautifully for decades are less expensive over time than cheaper products that don’t hold up as well. With Corian®, you will get your money’s worth. In fact, more than 90 per cent of consumers who live with Corian® surfacing say that they would buy it again!

The high-performing Corian® products, such as sinks and backsplashes, can be perfectly integrated to create the sleek appearance of a single, solid surface. With a coved backsplash, there are no traps to collect dirt and moisture. Corian® works brilliantly together with such materials as stainless steel, wood, and glass. A matching backsplash will continue the visual span of a Corian® countertop right up the wall – as high as you wish. Backsplashes can vary from a short, one inch coved piece to a tall backsplash that spans the space between countertop and cabinets. Standard, set-on backsplashes provide a sharp, crisp look. Coved backsplashes create a seamless look that’s easy to clean.



What are the major application areas for your range of products – could you cite a few examples where they are used? Which sectors have been the major growth drivers for DuPont in India?

Corian® can be used in kitchens, washrooms, exterior claddings, interior wall claddings, lighting solutions, healthcare, food services, offices, hotels, retails, furniture, public spaces etc. We have done some highly intricate design oriented projects which have never done before. Some of these projects were as small as a countertop application or as voluminous as Delhi International Airport and Mumbai International Airport. DuPont™ Corian® has developed the art of converting the material into a product and thus has increased the confidence of the architects.



Name a few of your clients from the infrastructure, real estate and construction segments? Tell us of your projects?

We work across the country with almost all major architectural firms. We work through a distribution network covering all the states in the country.



What are the key selling points of your products which help you to win contracts from project contractors in India?

DuPont™ Corian® helps its customers convert their aspirations into reality. On the one hand, we offer exceptional quality through good product and quality fabrication services and on the other hand, we work closely with architects and designers in converting their ideas and designs in to reality at very competitive prices. Our ability to consistently deliver a quality solution to our customers at any scale and at any location helps us win contracts across India.



What is the life expectancy of your products and what kind of maintenance will be required to keep its efficiency intact?
DuPont™ Corian® is designed for life. All ageing tests done so far do not show deterioration of any kind in the material or its properties. Corian® can be maintained in matt finish by cleaning the counter top every day with water and soap solution – one can also use house hold cleaners like Mr. Muscle, Kleen etc.



What is the company’s approach towards R&D activities?

We believe DuPont™ Corian® is not just a product but a brand promise. It’s not only about making the best quality sheets and doing so consistently around the world but also partnering and developing fabricators to deliver the best finished solution to the customers. DuPont continues to invest in improving the quality of the product and its attributes. We also invest in fabrication capability through design and development center in DuPont Knowledge Center Hyderabad. Architects, designers and end-users rely on DuPont Corian® brand promise to bring their imagination to life even if it means working on bolder designs and concepts and creating outstanding experiences around them.



Could you briefly talk about your manufacturing units?

DuPont™ Corian® is made in the state of the art manufacturing capabilities in Yerkes, Buffalo in the USA, Toyoma in Japan and the Ulsan plant in South Korea.

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