International agreements

China

Internationalization programmes in China.


China seems to many investors as an excellent investment choice because, after its access into the WTO, it is the object of many national development programs in order to meet the competitive pressures from non-Asian realities in terms of technology, culture, and society

China has numerous features which makes it very attractive, some of them are:

  • presence of skilled labour at low cost
  • The current main position, in the global manufacturing industry.
  • the size of the consumer market: the largest in the world
  • Political stability.
  • An friendly environmental context for new investors.

PSTS also chose China, focusing on a progressive path of knowledge,  it has valued above all the contacts already in place in the  Hunan province, particularly and particularly in its capital, Changsha, without neglecting the Italo-Chinese institutions in Beijing Shanghai and Guangzhou.

 The entry strategy has been done taking into consideration that the financial giants have already "assaulted" the financial centres such as Beijing, shanghai etc, reducing drastically the success opportunities for small investors, which certainly suffer from the  financial limit set by the bigger  companies.

On the other hand, the mid-southern Chinese provinces are still in the starting phase of development regarding some segments of the market, leaving so, space for new operators to come in.

Those areas show attractive features such as:

  • A highly competitive cost structure.
  • The outcropping of new sectors, inside the so called industrial development areas.
  • A growing awareness towards research and innovation.
  • strong improvements in infrastructural facilities

All of this is present in the Hunan, which has became the focus of the PSTS and its partners' internationalization activities. The Hunan, a mid-southern Chinese region, is undergoing  a strong social, cultural and financial evolution.

The Hunan has a national industrial area which features several High-Tech companies that have to their record, a positive growth trend, especially in the Electronic Technologies, IT, Bio medical technologies, New materials technologies, Bio Technologies and converging technologies.

PSTS significant achievements.

An important agreement has been achieved between the PSTS and the Institute of Fiber Bast Crops  (IFBC), for the research and development of a composite film, which will use vegetable tissue produced by the IFBC and different compounds containing PHA supplied by the PSTS.

A prototype has already been produced, with improved chemical and physical characteristics such as water resistance and increased mechanical properties, as well as an increase in the length of the finished product life.

The cooperation will evaluate potential applications in various industrial sectors.

The PSTS has initiated talks for a partnership agreement with the Changsha Dariqi Industry  Co, Ltd, aimed to the use of biodegradable PHA films for applications in the field of cosmetics and skin reconstruction in individuals with severe skin burns.

A cooperation agreement, on sustainable development, was signed between the 'Horticulture and Landscape College, Hunan Agricultural University, China, and the University of Catania.

Numerous companies have shown much interest in the internationalization activities in China.

The wide general consent  collected in a business invitations catalogue, written both in Chinese and English and containing the supply and demand of local enterprises, is what has facilitated the establishment of new partnerships.  

Russia

The internationalization in Russia with bio technologies.

In 2005, during the operations of internationalization, opportunities of co-operation with Russia have been evaluated. Russia , with the difficult legacy of a planned economic mode is nowadays aiming toward the financial diversification, SME development,  innovation and technological development in many areas; energy, primary sectors and life science, including Bio Technologies and food farming.

In the "made in Italy" promotion activities towards the High-Tech and Bio Technologies co-operation, the PSTS has been a privileged speaker in the Italy - Russia forum: the co-operation opportunities in the Bio Technologies sector (Moscow, 10th February 2006) and at the exhibition-event  "mito e velocità" (23rd January - 12th February 2006) organized by the ICE.

The PSTS has contributed in the publication of the first "map" of the Italian areas of excellence regarding Bio Technologies and food farming in Sicily and in the Etna valley.

Assobiotech  (the national agency for the development of Bio Technologies), the federal innovation agency, the Russian Environment Parks association, the science academy, the Pushchino international Techno park and the Novosibirsk environment Park, all attended the inauguration. Such events have opened an important term of comparison between the PSTS and  the Techno Park and research centres in Russia, from which the co-operation interest between the Pushchino Techno Park (ITP), the Biomac consortium (non-commercial partnership " biotechnological consortium for medicine and agriculture", Russia)  and the PSTS.

It has been so drown up an agreement protocol  proposal for the scientific, technological and industrial co-operation in the bio technologies and its applications as well as the agricultural, environmental and health sectors.

Catania University has also shown a strong interest in the co-operation with Russia, supporting so the co-operation initiative established by the PSTS and among the events in 2007, the Italy - Russia international workshop  on bio technologies for agricultural, food farming and environmental purposes, in co-operation with the Biomac consortium, the Lomonosov Moscow State University biology department and the Innovativa consortium.

 

Greece

Greece:

AGREEMENT FOR SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION WITH THE PARK OF PATRASOn

On the 28th of June 2007, a co-operation agreement was signed in Greece, between te PSTS and the Environment Park in Patrasso. 

On June 28, 2007 was signed in Greece an agreement of collaboration between the Science and Technology Park of Sicily and the Scientific Park of Patras. The agreement stipulates the relations established between the two parks during the Huredepis project, Interreg III B "Archimedes" designed to create a network of relationships and knowledge between research centres, universities, local authorities and companies in the Euro-Mediterranean countries in view of the Free Trade Area in 2010.

The agreement will facilitate exchanges of technology, information, data and services for technological innovation between the two parks and universities, and will organize training programs for researchers and managers. The two institutions will undertake joint research projects, thereby expanding their fields of interest and knowledge, adapting innovative applications to business needs of both parties. More specifically, research projects, made on site with the participation of European companies,  will participate to the call of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technology and EU science.

In more details, the research projects, which have had European enterprises partial participation, will take part in the VII board notification project for the technological and scientific research in the EU.

The first visit was held in Sicily on 16-17 November 2007. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Park of Patras, respectively Groumpos Petros and George Stavropoulos, the  Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Prefecture of Achaia, Nicos Karakistos, the General Director of the Department for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Development, Alexandros Kastanis, and the head of the Commission for SMEs, and greek government representative for relations with the EU for the Seventh Framework Programme, Evaggelos Papadakis were all present

The delegation was also composed of representatives of six companies operating in different sectors

In details they were:

  • Agrinio (production and marketing of rice and pulses)
  • Paviplast, plastic factory.
  • Loux Marlafekas, beverages and soft drink production.
  • Achaia Clauss Wine, wine production,
  • Flour Mills Kepenos, bred and pastries.
  • Achaia Bank, financial institution.

During the meeting there was a workshop on the innovative services for the SMEs, to which, took part the president of the PST for Sicily, Antonino Catara, the president of Apindustrie for Sicily, Giuseppe Scuderi, the Huredepis  project manager, Vincenzo Asero and the Media Innovation Relais Centre co-ordinator, Francesco cappello. Other representatives from.............. Also the CNR Institute for Agriculture and Forest Systems in the Mediterranean took part to the meeting.  Business meetings and techno-knowledgeable tours to the AAT, CESMAP and  Società Agricola Vini Scilio, Followed the workshop.