Category: Manufacturing

When chemical researcher Bill Gore left DuPont more than a half century ago to form his own materials company, W.L. Gore, he did so with the parent firm’s blessing. When Doug McKenna, a W.L. Gore researcher, was working with a technology that, he says, “fell outside of the company’s interests,” he formed his own company…

Next year, Agilent Technologies will celebrate its 20th birthday. Spun off in 1999 by computer pioneer Hewlett Packard, Agilent went public that same year. Its IPO was at the time the largest in Silicon Valley history. Today, Agilent is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets with two facilities in Delaware —…

The National Association of Manufacturers gives us some statistical insights into Delaware manufacturing and its place in the state and in the worldwide economy. Here is the picture that it paints using the most recent information: 1. Delaware’s total export to foreign countries is dominated by our manufactured products — 96 percent of the state’s…

Sometimes it seems as if Mike Bowman is running a hatchery for startup companies instead of an incubator at Delaware Technology Park (DTP) and nearby DTP@STAR Campus, the University of Delaware’s growing facility on South College Avenue in Newark. Since DTP’s founding in 1992, more than 100 companies have been located at the park, including…

If you’ve ever flown on one of Boeing’s new 737 Max 8 aircraft, which were launched two years ago, chances are that your plane spent a few days inside a gigantic hangar at Georgetown’s Delaware Coastal Airport before you stepped on board. “We build and install [the planes’] auxiliary fuel systems in our hangars,” says…

The Science Technology and Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE) today announced a research and development agreement with Zymergen, a California-based molecular technology company. STRIDE experts will work with Zymergen to develop microbially-derived “building blocks” for applications such as coatings, adhesives and films. “Our platform offers the capability to create unique specialty materials from biology and…

Q&A: Sean Wang, chairman of B&W Tek

For 20 years, B&W Tek has developed and marketed products that provide light-generation services to researchers and other clinicians. The company has offices in five countries and 70 distributors worldwide. In November 2016, B&W received the top award in the Analytical & Test Category from “R&D Magazine.” Founder and current Chairman Sean Wang, Ph.D., looks…

Polymer Technologies is in the business of manufacturing and supplying composites for controlling noise or heat. Its products are used in a host of industries, from agriculture to aerospace to transportation and the military. For example, life inside a heavy truck can be noisy, to say the least — so Polymer developed POLYDAMP Acoustical Barrier…

The Center for Composite Materials at the University of Delaware is a leader when it comes to basic and applied research in composites. Founded in 1974, the center has an economic impact on Delaware of about $50 million a year. More than 150 Delaware companies benefit from its work, and it supports 450 jobs around the state. More…

Since it opened in 1992, Delaware Technology Park in Newark, Del., has helped propel Delaware into the forefront of the life sciences, advanced materials, information technology and renewable energy industries. The park is located not far from the University of Delaware campus. It was launched to provide space for startup companies that wanted research space…