EBTC facilitates a meeting for EEN-India: A possible Scottish-Indian Research Collaboration

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Patience pays. 8 months were necessary to convert a technology request to a productive meeting. Expectations are high for a successful research collaboration leading to a commercially viable product.

The Aditya Birla Science & Technology Company (ABSTC) required a technology for manufacturing highly dispersible precipitated silica.They requested EBTC to find a technology partner with an application focus in carbon black industry for tires, industrial rubber goods etc, who should be able to develop silica manufacturing technology and license the technology.

A technology request profile was created by EBTC Mumbai with this detailed information from ABSTC and circulated on the Enterprise Europe Network website in May 2013. In June 2013, EBTC Mumbai received a response from Enterprise Europe Network Scotland / Scottish Enterprise informing that their client from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland is interested.

The client at the University of Strathclyde had already undertaken research on making silica for other applications, and plant design of silica manufacturing, economic analysis and product comparison. ABSTC also displayed a willingness to connect to the University of Strathclyde.

Following which a meeting was organised in January 2014 at the EBTC Mumbai office. The EBTC Mumbai team introduced the two sides and crucial exchange of information was made during this meeting where a concrete and time bound plan has been devised for further action.

Watch this space for the outcome!


 

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