HKPC enters international R&D partnerships

HKPC enters international R&D partnershipsHKPC has entered strategic partnerships with multiple scientific research institutes in Germany and Australia to support the development of Industry 4.0.

The council has signed collaboration agreements with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Germany.

These agreements are aimed at fostering the development of knowledge on Industry 4.0 and its application in smart logistics between Hong Kong and German companies.

HKPC chairman Willy Lin witnessed the signing of the agreements at Dortmund, Germany, and commented that smart logistics will play a critical role of the digitalized supply chain under the Industry 4.0 paradigm.

“This collaboration aims to foster technological, human resources and business advancement of enterprises in Germany and Hong Kong on the smart logistics front,” he said.

As well as the German partnerships, HKPC has recently entered into a collaboration with Australia's national government research institute the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

This collaboration is aimed at undertaking joint R&D projects and technology transfer in areas including data analytics, cyber security and blockchain applications, as well as exploring a potential technology localization partnership.

Also in Australia, HKPC has entered a partnership with makerspace Space Tank Studio to form a reciprocal arrangement for members of the HKPC's planned Inno Space makerspace, as well as the University of New South Wales to collaborate on water and wastewater treatments and other projects.