Chemicals and Material Science Center
Nylon. GORE-TEX®. Kevlar®. Some of the most important breakthroughs and inventions in the chemical manufacturing and advanced materials industry happened right here in Delaware. Our state’s name is synonymous with two of the most important chemical manufacturing and materials sciences companies in the world — the DuPont Company and W. L. Gore and Associates.
Founded in Delaware in 1802 and headquartered here ever since, DuPont has become a global game changer in the fields of science and engineering, developing revolutionary products, materials and services across a wide variety of industries, from agriculture to apparel. Many of the company’s major scientific breakthroughs originated in Delaware.
W. L. Gore and Associates was founded in 1958 by a former DuPont employee who later invented the fabric GORE-TEX. Still headquartered in Delaware, the company is now a worldwide leader in manufacturing products for the electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical industries.
Today, chemicals are the leading export category for Delaware, accounting for about half of the state’s total manufactured exports.
Today, chemicals are the leading export category for Delaware, accounting for about half of the state’s total manufactured exports. The state also has become a world-renowned leader in research and development for the chemicals and advanced materials science industry. It is home to a burgeoning cluster in these fields with a large number of companies that have Delaware headquarters or other major operations in the state.
Chemical Manufacturing, R&D and Materials Science Companies
Agilent Technologies Inc.
W. L. Gore and Associates