From fertilizers to green hemp

Science in the service of commerce

06:00 | 24/06/2020 Science - Technology

(VEN) - A growing number of projects and enterprises are coordinating among scientists, technologies and business to translate research results into commercially viable products.

science in the service of commerce
Promoting scientific and technological research cooperation among research institutes, universities and enterprises

The Industrial Machinery and Instruments Holding Joint Stock Company (IMI) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade provides a typical example of the coordination of scientific research and technology transfer activities. Specifically, it focuses on scientific research to innovate technology and improve competitiveness in cooperation with other fertilizer enterprises. IMI has successfully researched and manufactured an automatic weighing system to check fertilizer package weight and a system to package fused phosphate fertilizer with no dust dispersion.

IMI has also coordinated with other companies in the field of manufacturing construction machinery, equipment and research-technology industry to create a group of fully automatic concrete batching and mixing products with a capacity of 30-250 cu.m per hour. This product group was formed through a market research process and completed through ministerial-level scientific and technological research tasks, which were successfully tested and manufactured by IMI and transferred to companies in the field of manufacturing construction machinery and equipment and industry in order to accelerate the products’ commercialization.

Green hemp value chain

Another example is the Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology project (FIRST), a seven-member group comprised of enterprises, research institutes and scientists and invested by the An Phuoc Import Export and Production Development Investment Joint Stock Company. The group is implementing a small project on mastering technology of planting and processing high-quality silk thread from green hemp for the textile industry with a capacity of 2500 tonnes per year. Members have also researched and mastered the technology in a closed link chain from seeding, cultivation, harvesting, splitting and processing techniques of green hemp fiber, contributing to meeting the textile industry’s raw material needs and building a product value chain from green hemp.

The development and implementation of scientific and technological tasks requires close coordination between research units and enterprises, helping research results meet practical production and business needs. This also ensures that implementation is consistent with the capacity of the research units and enterprises can focus resources on researching, studying, selecting technologies, designing and building products’ operational processes.

In order to enhance the coordination in directing, managing and improving the efficiency of scientific and technological activities, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Trade have signed a scientific and technological coordination program. The program consists of promoting the participation of enterprises, linkages between research institutes, universities and enterprises in proposing and implementing scientific and technological tasks, and contributing to the implementation of the industry and trade sector’s science and technology development strategy. The cooperation program between the two ministries, signed on February 9, 2017, focuses on developing proposals to implement three to five large task clusters or projects of science and technology in order to serve industry.

One of the key tasks of the Ministry of Science and Technology is to promote cohesion and cooperation between universities, research institutes and industrial parks and enterprises in order to commercialize research results.

Quynh Nga