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DU PONT JOINS INTERNATIONAL SUPERCONDUCTIVITY TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER

DU PONT JOINS INTERNATIONAL SUPERCONDUCTIVITY TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER
 WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Du Pont (NYSE: DD) today announced it has become the first million-dollar American member of a Tokyo-based consortium of 46 major Japanese companies working together on high-temperature superconductivity research and development.
 The announcement was made at the Tokyo headquarters of the International Superconductivity Technology Research Center (ISTEC). Organized in 1988 under the guidance of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), it is the world's largest research institution working on high-temperature superconductivity.
 Major Japanese companies participating in ISTEC include NEC, Hitachi, Sumitomo Electric Industries and Fujitsu. Du Pont, along with other global companies including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Rockwell International, Hoescht and Rhone-Poulenc, had been a supporting member paying dues of $25,000, which provided access to limited research findings but stopped short of active collaboration.
 Full membership at a cost of about $1 million will entitle Du Pont to assign two scientists to perform research at ISTEC, and provide access to proprietary technology and marketing intelligence on high- temperature superconductors.
 "Superconductivity is a truly global technology," said Patrick J. Foley, development director of Du Pont Central Research and Development. "Our participation in ISTEC, and close working relationship with leading researchers from Japanese industry and other nations, will assure that Du Pont remains a world leader in superconductivity."
 "The advantages of our membership in ISTEC will accrue to our customers throughout the world in the form of the very best technology in high-temperature superconductivity to respond to their needs," Foley said.
 Du Pont has had a formal business presence in Japan and the Asia Pacific region for more than 30 years, and has several joint ventures with Japanese companies both in Japan and the United States, as well as a major manufacturing site and research laboratories in Japan. Nearly half of the company's 1991 sales of $38.7 billion were outside the United States. This summer the company transferred senior leadership of its $1.8 billion Du Pont Electronics business to Japan under Senior Vice President C.O. Holliday Jr., who also is president of Du Pont Asia Pacific operations.
 Du Pont has been engaged in superconductivity research for a quarter century and is widely regarded as a world leader in thin-film, high- temperature superconducting materials, with a focus on thin-film devices for electronics applications. Alan Lauder, business program manager for Du Pont's superconductivity effort, said the company holds 19 patents in this technology and has 22 more patents pending.
 Company scientists recently invented a new family of thallium-lead compounds that superconduct at about 125 Kelvin (minus 148 Centigrade), among the highest temperatures achieved by any superconductive material.
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