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DuPont to expand industrial biosciences research capabilities in the Netherlands
DuPont Industrial Biosciences officially broke ground this week on its new site at the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary facility will utilise modern biotechnology to make industrial processes more efficient and products more sustainable.
The bio-based solutions created will have a direct impact on some of the most pressing societal issues of today: reducing food waste; reducing the environmental impacts of livestock farming and improving animal health; producing renewable fuels; and lowering environmental impacts in the textile and laundry industries.
The capacity of the new site in Oegstgeest will double the potential for growth of the current employee base, with the potential of creating an additional 100 jobs at the facility, including research and development, application development, marketing, sales and customer service. The building will serve as the new EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) headquarters for DuPont Industrial Biosciences.
"Our Leiden scientists have been developing innovations that enable our customers to improve the efficiency and sustainability of their processes and products for many years," says Simon Herriott, vice president & global business director for Bioactives at DuPont. "This new facility will enable our teams to do even more - to improve the pace of biotechnology and the speed with which we can deliver it to market.
"The ecosystem of talent, academia and community we find in the Leiden Bio Science Park is ideal for our work and for keeping us globally competitive."
DuPont has partnered with Dutch developer and construction company Dura Vermeer on the building in Oegstgeest, which will cover 7250sq.m, a doubling of the capacity of the current facility for the business. The project will receive a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating - an impressive measure of a building's sustainability and environmental footprint. The construction is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
The construction marks an important milestone in the growth of the company, with the new site in Oegstgeest being an important hub for business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Image courtesy of Dura Vermeer and Ector Hoogstad Architecten
24th January 2019