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DuPont’s Leading Electronics & Communications Segment

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Dec. 10 2015, Published 5:00 p.m. ET

International market–driven electronics & communications segment

DuPont’s (DD) electronics & communications (or E&C) products include differentiated chemical materials and systems for photovoltaics (or PV) material, consumer electronics, circuit and semiconductor fabrication and packaging materials, display materials, packaging graphics, and inkjet printing markets.

DuPont is the leading producer of PV materials in the world. DuPont is also a producer of metallization pastes and back sheet materials for the solar energy industry. Its key products and services are PV materials, circuit packaging materials, semiconductor fabrication materials, materials for displays, flexographic printing systems, and advanced printing materials.

The major raw materials produced by DD are copolymers, copper, difluoroethane, hydroxylamine, oxydianiline, polyester film, precious metals, and pyromellitic dianhydride.

The E&C segment’s growth is largely driven by international markets, which accounted for 81% of the segment’s total sales in 2014. Overall, the E&C segment contributed 8% to DD’s total sales in 2014.

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Industry applications

  • Photovoltaics products: DuPont offers a portfolio of PV materials to increase the power output and lifetime of solar panels. With the help of these materials, industry users reduce total system costs for PV power. Photovoltaics products contributed 29% to the segment’s total sales in 2014.
  • Electronic materials: DD’s chemical materials and technologies enable electronics players to catch up with the latest technology such as high-speed data transfer. Electronic materials contributed 34% to the segment’s total sales in 2014.
  • Printing and packaging materials: DuPont’s Cyrel flexographic printing brand enhances quality, productivity, and sustainability for package printing. DuPont is enhancing its position in pigmented inks for digital printing applications. Printing and packaging materials contributed 26% to E&C’s total sales in 2014.

Within the E&C segment, DuPont faces competition with US players such as Air Products & Chemicals (APD), Cabot (CBT), and Ferro (FOE). In international markets, the company competes with Arkema, Flint, Heraeus, Hitachi, Kaneka MacDermid, and SKC.

The Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB) and the iShares US Basic Materials ETF (IYM) invest in US chemical players. XLB invests around 11% each in DOW and DD.

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