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DuPont, Brazil and Advanced Materials for the Solar Industry

Leonidas Andrade, Marketing Manager Latin America, DuPont Electronics & Communication, works at DuPont Brazil since 1993. A founder of the Photovoltaic Systems Group at ABINEE (the Brazilian Electrical and Electronic Industry Association), he was the Director of this group since its creation five years ago. Earlier this year he stepped down from this position, but remains actively involved as the group Vice Director. Leonidas Andrade was a speaker at Brazil Solar Energy Conference (BSEC) 2015 and DuPont was a sponsor of the conference. Anne McIvor of Cleantech Investor interviewed him at the event.

First published on the Brazil Solar Energy Conference (BSEC) website in July 2015

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Anne: DuPont is a household name around the world – could you remind us a bit about the history of the company?

Leonidas: For 213 years, DuPont has brought world class science and engineering to the global marketplace through innovative products, materials and services. DuPont has been present in Brazil since 1937.

A: What are the most important strategic objectives of DuPont?

L: DuPont is proud to build on its heritage by partnering with others to tackle the unprecedented challenges in food, energy and protection now facing our world.

With the global population expected to approach nine billion by 2050, DuPont is working with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders to discover solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Together, we believe we can provide enough healthy food for the world’s population, protect people and the environment and decrease dependence on fossil fuels, with more sustainable energy solutions such as solar, for generations to come.

A: What are the key businesses areas for DuPont today?

L: Our market-driven innovation introduces thousands of new products and patent applications every year, serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.

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