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28.09.2010 Category: Issue 35, Fraunhofer IISB, Short news

Korean-German business exchange at Fraunhofer IISB

 

Representatives of German and Korean companies in conversation. Photo: Fraunhofer IISB
Representatives of German and Korean companies in conversation. Photo: Fraunhofer IISB

On 24 April, 2009, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB hosted a Korean-German technology cooperation exchange. Companies from both countries had the chance to present themselves and to discuss business opportunities. The event was hosted by the chambers of commerce and industry of the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg (EMN) in cooperation with the Korea Industrial Technology Foundation (KOTEF).

This year, South Korea was the partner at the Hannover Messe trade fair, which took place from 20 to 24 April. Already hundreds of firms within the EMN have business dealings with Korean companies, and the number is increasing. The organizers are taking this opportunity to increase the number of business contacts. For that reason, the cooperation exchange is particularly aimed at local firms. Cooperation with this Asian country is also of particular inter- est to researchers in the region. The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, for example, is currently working on opening a branch in Busan in Korea.

Some of the main issues in the cooperation discussions were technologies for energyefficient drives and automation solutions. Fraunhofer IISB is a partner of the Nuremberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and its competencies in power electronics, energy efficiency and electromobility made it the ideal event location.

Other partners in organizing the event were the “Automation Valley Nordbayern” initiative, the Bavarian Cluster “Mechatronics & Automation”, the Korea-EU International Cooperation Center (KEUICC) based in Erlangen and the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy.

Contact:

Dr. Bernd Fischer
Phone +49 9131 761-106
bernd.fischer(at)iisb.fraunhofer.de
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB
Schottkystrasse 10
91058 Erlangen
Germany
www.iisb.fraunhofer.de