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An Asian 'showroom' for Australasian technologies

A Crown Research Institute is set to play a part in launching a science and innovation portal in Singapore.

A Crown Research Institute is set to play a part in launching a science and innovation portal in Singapore.

Drew SteinDrew Stein

Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) is launching a partnership with the Queensland government and the Mercator Alliance Ltd with a view to developing a Singapore portal to showcase emerging New Zealand and Queensland technologies in the energy and environmental sectors, and encourage collaborative research between organisations in New Zealand, Queensland and Singapore.

Representatives from each organisation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding signalling their intention to establish the Asian portal with the expectation of finalising a business plan to be ready for implementation within six months.

It is hoped that the portal will not only help commercialise some of New Zealand’s most innovative science and technology but assist in the generation of export opportunities for Kiwi companies in the fast-growing Asian market by showcasing them at the front door.

The venture is also intended to lead to future international collaborations and attract foreign investment into New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing sector.

“Our intention is that the portal will operate as an industry interactive hub, effectively a showroom for high-tech Kiwi science and innovation for growing Asian economies,” said IRL deputy chief executive Drew Stein.

Stein said IRL would bring its world-leading science and engineering capability to the partnership, which includes expertise in hydrogen-based technologies, renewable and distributed energy technologies, and carbon capture technologies.

“Our role will be to work with New Zealand-based companies to transfer some of this know-how and in collaboration with our partners enable them to enter emerging markets in Asia.”

Mercator Alliance director Max Morley said IRL’s expertise and track record of successful technology transfer made it an ideal partner.