DuPont-Mitsui Polychemicals Co. Ltd. โ€” Longest

DuPont-Mitsui Polychemicals Co. Ltd. (MDP), the 50/50 joint venture (JV) between DuPont and Mitsui Chemicals Inc., celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

DuPont-Mitsui Polychemicals Co. Ltd. โ€” Longest

Collaboration has been a hallmark throughout the 50-year history of the Mitsui DuPont JV. Shortly after the JV formation in 1961, a group of technical specialists came to the U.S. to learn about processing technology for the JVโ€™s products, shown here as they prepare to board a plane to the U.S.
DuPont-Mitsui Polychemicals Co. Ltd. (MDP), the 50/50 joint venture (JV) between DuPont and Mitsui Chemicals Inc., celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The JV was established in December 1960. This equal share industrial JV enjoys the longest history of such operations in Japan.

The long-standing partnership between DuPont and Mitsui and its success in the marketplace have been no easy achievement. The company first started with operations to supply high-pressure, low-density polyethylene. It now has evolved to specialize in manufacturing performance ethylene-base polymers. The JV has two manufacturing sites and one technical center in Japan and has about 300 employees.

โ€œI congratulate MDP for reaching this remarkable milestone,โ€ said Bill Harvey, president -- DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (P&IP).  โ€œThe success of MDP is a good example of demonstrating the collaboration and inclusive innovation that is critical to drive sustainable growth for our business. The JV complements our global manufacturing network and helps strengthen our position in the market. It enables us to better understand regional market needs and opens up new business opportunities to serve emerging market segments in Japan and in Asia.โ€

Sharing his thoughts about the anniversary, Yoshikazu Kutsuwa, president of MDP, said, โ€œWe are all proud of the progress that we have made to develop and grow the company. In particular, I would like to thank our parent companies for their support. By working closely with the DuPont global development and technical network, we are able to continue to improve our technology and develop new products and solutions for our customers. We have expanded our manufacturing capabilities and enhanced our technical competency.  All these allow us to differentiate among our competitors.โ€

MDP will continue to explore new business opportunities. The recent development of new photovoltaic encapsulant technology and the commercialization of the Himilanยฎ ES encapsulant sheet in thin-film solar cell modules illustrates the continuous innovation that this longest history JV in Japan has delivered.

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